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    Firstly, hello to everyone in the forum.

    My name is Ian, and I am hoping I can get a little help with some research.


    I live in Mountain Ash in the Cynon Valley, South Wales (U.K.) and during WWII, the people of the local area raised funds towards the purchase 2 spitfires.


    These were W3434 Mountain Ash and Aberdare and W3457 Cynon Valley. I am trying to find out more about the fate of W3434.


    So far I have discovered she was piloted by Sgt A J Black, RNZAF, of 610 Squadron, who was shot down on the 21 August 1941. I believe this was over Northern France while flying escort.


    Iím hoping someone here has more details about W3434, possibly a photo? And any details of the crash site. Also, where would I find more details of the pilot? I understand he was captured (POW).


    Many thanks, Ian Miles

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    Hi Ian,


    AIR81/6307 Sergeant A J Black (RNZAF): prisoner of war; shot down over northern France, aerial combat, Spitfire W3434, 610 Squadron, 21 August 1941. C16755605

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...=&qmem=&qdate=

    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ls/r/C16755605

    W3434 Vb 1817 EA M45 FF 27-6-41 45MU 29-6-41 610S 22-7-41 Missing while escorting Blenheims to Le Trait 21-8-41

    http://www.airhistory.org.uk/spitfire/p012.html

    Alexander John Black 401370 RNZAF
    Unknown date of birth - Died 7 September 2013


    http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-me...otaph%2Fsearch

    http://notices.nzherald.co.nz/obitua...&referrer=2865

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    Mojmir

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    Look at the answer No.19 / Joss

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...Aug-1942/page2

    Mojmir

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    Hi Mojmir,

    Many thanks for the links and information. I wonder if itís known if Sergeant Black bailed out or if the aircraft was force landed? Iím wondering if there is a known crash site in the area?

    Iím assuming that W3434 was badly damaged as itís stated Sergeant Black had shrapnel injuries from cannon shells, so I presume he bailed out.

    Thanks for your your help.

    Ian

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    Warrant Officer (final rank) NZ401370 was born at Auckland 4 Apr 17 and served with the RNZAF from 4 Jun 40 to 2 Nov 45.

    Errol

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