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    Default Sqn Ldr Launcelot Eustace Smith - 607 Sqn KIA

    Many sources claim that Launcelot Eustace Smith was killed on 15th May 1940 in Hurricane P2870. However, his AIR81 suggests he was killed in Hurricane L2004.

    L2004 however is listed as having been lost over the English Channel on 1st June 1940 whilst operating with 242 Squadron with the loss of Plt Off G M Stewart.

    I know that 242 Squadron sent replacement pilots and aircraft to 607 Squadron at the height of the Battle of France and wonder if there is some confusion here.

    Has anyone obtained the AIR81 for Flt Off Stuart? If so, are they able to confirm the aircraft in which it says he was lost?

    Much like 607 Squadron's records for this time, 242 Squadron's Operations Record Book is somewhat lacking, or missing dates.

    I can find no Squadron related documents which confirm the serial numbers of these aircraft and I wonder where the connection has been made that Smith was killed in Hurricane P2870.
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    Hello,

    Robert Dixon (who would know better than most), states that Launce Smith was shot down in Hurricane P2870. Although, it is a bother when he tells us that the Luftwaffe unit involved was "Stab III./JG52", flying Me 110s (actually Stab III./JG53 flying Me 109s).

    607 Squadron A Shade of Blue
    Dixon,Robert
    Stroud:The History Press,2008.
    pp.95 & 134.

    Col.
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    Hi Col,

    Many thanks. P2870 seems consistent across a number of sources, but I am struggling to find any official records which confirm the serial.

    I have some of Robert's notes and I can't find any reference to where he obtained the serial number. I suspect it came from 12 Days in May.

    May 1940 was such a chaotic period and there is no doubt that there will be errors in the official records.

    I thought I had found F/O Stuart's AIR 81 on TNA website but on checking again I can't locate it.
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    UPDATE: Found Stewart's (spelling) AIR 81 which states he was flying P2732.

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