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    Default John Michael Powell DAVIES, 812 Squadron Fleet Air Arm

    Hello

    I'm looking for any details about this F.A.A. airman, captured at Boulogne-sur-Mer on 30th June 1940. He was wounded and spent six weeks in the hospital attached to Dulag Luft. He came from London.

    I presume he was flying a Fairey Swordfish and I'm after any details about the loss, other crewmembers, machine flown etc...

    TIA

    Joss

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    Joss

    Sturtivant's FAA Aircraft 1939-1945, page 77, has:

    Swordfish I L7633 - 812 Sqn ('G3Q'), shot down during minelaying, France, Cat. W, 30.6.40 (S/L JP Davies & S/L CA Conn PoW)

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    Simon

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    Hello Joss,

    A little more.

    On the night of 29/30 June (1940), machines 'G3A', 'G3F', 'G3G', 'G3L', 'G3P' and 'G3R' left North Coates for 'Gardening' in the areas 'Dabs' and 'Whelks'. On this occasion (Swordfish I) L7633/G3Q' was shot down with the loss of Sub-Lt (A) J. M. P. Davies RN and Sub-Lt (A) C. A. Conn* RN, both of whom were taken prisoner-of-war.

    30.6.40. (Swordfish I) L7633/'G3Q' 812 Sqn North Coates. Shot down minelaying (Sub-Lts J. M. P. Davies and C.A. Conn PoW).

    Swordfish I L7633 - Deld 24 EU 14.2.38; 812 Sqn ('G3Q'), lost 30.6.1940.

    See:
    The Swordfish Story.
    Sturtivant,Ray
    London:Arms and Armour,1993.
    pp.44, 177 & 195.

    * 812 Squadron,. During the latter half of 1940 and until March 1941, the Squadron was attached to RAF Coastal Command for minelaying and bombing operations in coastal areas of Holland, Belguim and France.

    London Gazette. 14 May 1946 - For good services while Prisoners of War in German hands.
    CONN, Cecil Alfred - Lt(A) - Mentioned in Despatches.
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/2285

    Col.
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    Hello

    Thanks Simon and Col for these very quick answers. I'll check Conn's PoW questionnaire during my next visit at Kew.

    Last remaining question is whether they ditched in the Channel and were picked up by the Germans, or landed their dinghy near Boulogne-sur-Mer, or crashed inland, near that town. A pity the circumstances are never told in the PoW questionnaires.

    Regards

    Joss

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