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    Hello everyone

    In the R.A.F. Commands Archive is the following post about Dennis Nichol of 47 Sqn:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/11308.php

    From the 12 OCH forum I see Chris Goss posted details of the circumstances of Denis [sic] Nichol becoming a P.o.W. after being shot down in Beaufighter X LX898 of 47 Sqn:

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showpo...57&postcount=6

    So, on to my query.

    The Newcastle Journal of June 12th 1942 reported the following:

    North Pilot Hit Prinz Eugen
    The distinction of having secured a direct hit with a torpedo on the German cruiser Prinz Eugen when she was sighted at Trondheim Fjord on May 16 belongs to Pilot Officer Dennis Nichol, son of the late Mr. Ernest Nichol and Mrs. Nichol, of Duke Street, Darlington, and a nephew of Alderman R. Nichol, a former Mayor of Darlington.
    Pilot Officer Nichol, who was a sergeant-pilot at the time of the action, piloted one of the many planes which dived in to attack Prinz Eugen. In face of heavy flak he flew in straight for the ship, launched a torpedo and made a getaway. It was not until later that his Wing Commander informed him that his torpedo had struck the Prinz Eugen well and truly.
    Pilot Officer Nichol’s mother is engaged as investigating officer under the Ministry of Labour at Darlington.

    Followed by this report from the same newspaper on March 15th 1943:

    “In Despatches”
    Nephew of Alderman R. Nichol, who was mayor of Darlington in 1922, Flying Officer Dennis Nichol, so of Mrs. Nichol, of Duke Street, Darlington, has been mentioned in despatches.
    He scored a direct hit with a torpedo on the German cruiser Prinz Eugen in Trondheim Fiord in May last year.

    These events of May 1942 have been discussed on here before - from the R.A.F. Commands Archive, once again:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/03961.php
    So, is this possibly the same Dennis Nichol?

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    Simon

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    Simon,

    Yes! Both 122549.

    Commisioned.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...5606/page/2762

    MiD.

    122549 P/O Denis NICHOL MiD RAFVR LG: 1/1/1943 New Year's Honours List.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/35841/page/42 see also: p.35.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col for the confirmation, much appreciated.

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    A little more on the loss of Beaufighter LX898:

    From the 47 Sqn ORB Form 540:

    Three Beaufighters led by S/Ldr. Filson-Young took off on a shipping sweep from Kos to Samos. Two E-boats were sighted and attack was made against intense accurate light flak. Strikes were observed on both the E-boats. [Beaufighter] “X” cannons would not fire, and it sustained hits in the port wing and fuselage. After the attack aircraft “W” piloted by F/O Nichol and navigated by W/O Ball called up that [the port] engine was hit and there was no oil pressure. S/Ldr. Filson-Young repeatedly endeavoured to regain contact with “W” on V.H.F., but nothing further was heard. Aircraft “W” was last seen at 17.25 hours, in failing light, just passing over Trageia [sic - Tragea, Naxos].

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