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    Hello ,

    F/O Dakeyne Peter L 39068 became POW on september 1940 when his PRU Spitfire R-6879 was hit by Flak when he was crossing the Belgian coast. Does someone knows were his a/C came down?
    Thanks in advance
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    Alain, Hi,

    The coast of Belgium is only 35 nautical miles long! If we knew his PR 'target', and assuming he left UK at Orford (or similar), then we should be able to narrow down his crossing of the Belgian coast to just a few nautical miles.

    I don't wish to hijack this thread, or cause thread-drift, but there are a significant number of entries in the LG for P L Dakeyne. Some while in was still PoW! How do you get promoted whilst in a PoW camp? - or did PoW promotions just come up "with the rations" on time served? Can't see how a Junior Officer could sit the promotion exams? I have heard that these promotions were not uncommon. How did the system work? Not a big problem - just interested!

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    Mr Davies ,

    I found this information in a Dutch translation from the book Spies in the Sky : The Secret Battle for Aerial Intelligence during WWII by Taylor Downing published in Great Britain in 2011 by Little .
    Alain12

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    Hi Alain,

    Dakeyne's objective on 13 Sep 40 was a low level run along the coast from Flushing [Vlissingen] to Calais. I'm afraid I can't help as to the location he came down.

    Peter - it was very common for personnel to be promoted whilst in captivity, they were on time promotion.

    Best Regards

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    Alain/Andy
    Tks yr both.
    Plotting that task on GE shows the most likely danger spot during a PR 'coast run'. Zeebrugge? I would bet some of your money on that!! Now - who knows the locations of downed Allied a/c (particularly Spitfires!) in the Zeebrugge area?
    This interests me, personally, because (before I became a meteorologist) I was (inter alia) a Deck Boy on the LNER Suffolk/Norfolk Ferry from Harwich to Zeebrugge!
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    Hello Peter ,

    Here some Allied losses near Zeebrugge:
    14/05/1940
    Zeebrugge Hurricane I
    N-2422

    29/08/1941
    Zeebrugge
    Hurricane II B Flak
    Z-4001

    1/06/1942
    Zeebrugge
    Spitfire
    Fw-190 Obfw Leibold Erwin 1St ./JG 26 14H50 Circus 187 Bruges

    21/07/1942
    Zeebrugge
    Spitfire
    AR-388

    21/06/1943
    Zeebrugge 10
    BR-143

    22/06/1943
    Zeebrugge B-17F-25-VE Hptm Naumann Hans 6./JG26 09H15 Antwerpen (65)
    42-5853 384BG 5/47BS

    24/02/1944
    Zeebrugge ( in zee )
    Typhoon IB Tijdens
    EK-370

    26/02/1944
    Zeebrugge
    B-26B-35-MA
    41-32013
    387BG

    24/04/1944
    Zeebrugge
    P-47D-11-RE
    42-75521 3
    61FG/374FS

    12/05/1944
    Zeebrugge
    Lancaster
    ND-580

    1/06/1944 Zeebrugge
    Stirling Mk111
    LJ-501

    Regards
    Alain12

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    Hello ,

    F/O Dakeyne Peter L 39068 became POW on september 1940 when his PRU Spitfire R-6879 was hit by Flak when he was crossing the Belgian coast. Does someone knows were his a/C came down?
    Thanks in advance
    Alain12
    I knew Peter from the early 60's until the 90's.As a teenager I worked at the house he and his wife purchased in Sandwich, Kent. From time to time he would talk about his time in the war as a fighter pilot and the tactics employed in dog fights. He told me about the time he was shot down and I've never forgotten the tale, which to my mind indicated that it was not his day. He was on a photographic recce mission when he was hit by flack. He baled out and landed in the middle of a German patrol who were taking a tea break at the time. He came down near a place called St Tri...something or other, but he did tell me it was close to Limberg. (I think that how its spelt)

    I hope that of use to you.

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    Could it be Sint-Truiden (Saint Trond) which is fairly close to the region of Limburg?

    Sean.

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    Hello ,

    Thanks for the info , indeed St-Truiden ( St-Trond in French ) is a town in the south of the province of Limburg.St-Truiden would become " famous " in the war as one of the German nightfighter airfields in Belgium.

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    Alain12

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