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    Can anyone identify the aircraft flown by Roger Simmons? He was seconded to SAAF and joined 1 Squadron 13th November 1941 as a Pilot Officer. Fought in Operation Crusader. Transferred to 238 Squadron R.A.F. in May 1942 and returned to 1 Squadron 2nd July 1942 taking part in 1st Alamein, Alam Halfa and El Alamein. Flying in his Spitfire he was shot down and wounded by flak on 24 March 1943 strafing Gabes Airfield Tunisia.
    Researching my father's time with 50 Squadron, 97 Squadron, Dulug Luft, Stalag Luft VI, Stalag 357 and Stalag Luft III.

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    The aircraft is not identified in Shores et al's History of the Med'n Air War vol 2. There may be more in South African sources, but Shores does normally identify the aircraft where it has been recorded.

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    Thank you.

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    Hello,
    Part of an old posting by David Layne :)


    Simmons, Roger G. 57 Manor Way, Woodmansterne, Surrey. F/O Seconded to SAAF and joined 1 Squadron shot down 24 March 1943 in his Spitfire strafing Gabes Airfield Tunisia. (Part of “Dean and Dawson” the forgery department of Stalag Luft III that made the documents for the “Wooden Horse” escapees.) (page 24,35).


    EP303 of 1 SAAF was the 25th but pilot was not Simmons.
    Alex

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    Hello,
    Just a little follow up.

    From "Spitfire International" South Africa section.

    If I read it correctly.

    A/c ( all Mk.V's ) and pilots on 25-3-43.

    BR390 - AX-B - CatFB/E 25-3-43 - Smith.
    ER116 - Robinson.
    ER280 - McLoughlin.
    ER941 - Brebner.
    ES211 - O'Farrell.
    EP303 - AX-S - Tyrrell.
    ER983 - AX-Y
    xx590 - AX-M - Van Nus.

    27-3-43
    AB320 - AX-L - S/D - Rogan.
    EP827 - Quin.
    ER200 - AX-B - Hillary.

    Hope this can help eliminate a/c.

    Alex

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    Hello David,
    See the thread on the TOCH Forum, which looks to give the answer.
    Alex

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