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    Default Frederick DUUS 29 October 1942

    Hi - first ever post on here, so hope this all makes sense!

    I'm trying to find out some more information about Frederick Duus and the circumstances of his death in 1942. This is what I know - unfortunately this is all that I know!

    Frederick John Lawrence DUUS
    Born 1917
    Service No 39276
    Flight Lieutenant (Pilot), RAF
    No 26 EFTS, died on active service in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 29 October 1942
    Buried Plot 4, Row B, Grave 6, Gweru (Gwelo) Cemetery, Bulawayo

    Frederick left behind a young widow, Rosemary (married 1939) and a young son (born 1941)

    So, here's what I would like to find out:

    I presume that he was based at RAF Guinea Fowl, and I know, courtesy of GWGC and from reading other posts on here, that there was a high casualty rate at the EFTS at one period - would this have been 1942.
    I also presume that he was learning to fly Tiger Moths and Cornells and crashed - if so, what caused the crash?

    I would also be interested to find out whether anyone else was involved in Frederick's last flight and whether he is mentioned on any war memorial - was there ever one at RAF Guinea Fowl, for example?
    I certainly can't find him on any UK war memorial!

    I have checked the Henk postings on here for unaccounted airmen 1942 but unless I've missed something, Frederick doesn't seem, to be mentioned.

    Thanks so much everyone, in advance, for your help!

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    Hello Kersey@62 and welcome to the forum. I have moved your post to the General section where it will receive more views.
    Good luck.

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    Hello, and welcome to the forum.

    He was killed in a Tiger Moth of 26 E.F.T.S. which crashed 4 miles NW of Guinea Fowl, after failing to recover from an intentional spin. Details from Colin Cummings' book "Clipped Wings," Vol. 1, page 635. The serial is listed as 'Aus.576' but with a question mark. He doesn't record if he was the only occupant of the aircraft, but he was the only casualty.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello,

    DHA576* Tiger Moth Built to U.K. Government order for supply to Southern Rhodesia. Delivered into bond store Sydney 13.9.41 in case (No.) 173 with engine number 374. RAF serial DX499 allotted after delivery and not applied. Consigned as 576 to RATG Bulawayo, via Durban. Crashed 28.10.42.

    * DHA = De Havilland Australia.

    The DH 82A Tiger Moth in Australia.
    Forsyth,Julian
    Mount Waverley:Skyline Publications,1995
    p.98

    De Havilland Tiger Moth DX499 - RATG - Received as 576; crashed 28.10.42.

    Royal Air Force Aircraft DA100 to DZ999
    Halley,James J.
    Staplefield:Air Britain (Historians),2008.
    p.96

    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    Died of Wounds or Injuries Received on Active Service:

    Flt. Lt. F. J. L. Duus

    Flight. January 28th, 1943. pp.106-7. Cas. Comm, No.194.

    Col.
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    Col

    Thanks for clearing up the ID of the Tiger Moth.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Huge thanks for moving my post to a better viewing area!

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    Hi Simon

    Thank you so much for this information - hugely appreciated!

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    Oh WOW - thank you so much for supplying for this information!

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    Thank you all so much for taking the time and trouble to answer my query: much appreciated!

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