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    Morning,

    Do we know the serial of the Kittyhawk he was flying when he was shot down and killed on 7 October 1943? It was a 260 Sqn's aircraft.

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    Phile,

    Indications are, that John Darwen was flying Kittyhawk III FR868:"JD", when shot down by flak near Palato on 7 October, 1943. Pure supposition on my part!

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Phile,

    Indications are, that John Darwen was flying Kittyhawk III FR868:"JD", when shot down by flak near Palato on 7 October, 1943, His wingman was also brought down, seemingly in Kittyhawk III FR850, which bellylanded at Foggia. Pure supposition on my part!

    Col
    That sounds good as FR868/JD was his regular mount, and the aircraft was lost that day. Thanks Phil

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    Thank you for posting this. He was my great uncle. If anyone has any additional info I'd love to hear it. Please post here or feel free to private message me. Much appreciated.
    Last edited by TerenceD; 8th September 2020 at 23:57.

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    Hello,
    I found the following 260 Sqn losses in the AB serial numbers for Kittyhawks.
    FL237 - Damaged by flak, not repaired - 7/10/43.
    FR850 - Hit by flak, belly landed - 6/10/43.
    FR868 - Shot down by flak 7/10/43.

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    Mr. TERENCE D.
    Tried to send you a private message but got no joy, regarding G/C John Darwen.
    Can you contact me at: baumgartner_asv@yahoo.com.br

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adriano Baumgartner View Post
    Mr. TERENCE D.
    Tried to send you a private message but got no joy, regarding G/C John Darwen.
    Can you contact me at: baumgartner_asv@yahoo.com.br

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    Hi Adriano - I just got your friend request and accepted it. Please feel free to private message me now. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    Hello,
    I found the following 260 Sqn losses in the AB serial numbers for Kittyhawks.
    FL237 - Damaged by flak, not repaired - 7/10/43.
    FR850 - Hit by flak, belly landed - 6/10/43.
    FR868 - Shot down by flak 7/10/43.
    Hi Alex - Thank you for posting this. I'm sorry, I don't have a grasp on the terminology, could you possibly explain what "AB serial numbers" are and where these numbers were listed? I googled "AB serial numbers for Kittyhawks" but did not turn up much.

    Yes, FL868 seems to be John Darwen's plane's tail number when shot down on Oct 7th, 1943 and his wingman's tail number was FR850, though I think the 6/10/43 date should be 7/10/43 (no worries, likely just a typo). However, I have no information concerning FL237. I googled "FL237 Royal Air Force" but did not find much.

    Thank you.

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