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    Default Sgt J. Shanks 124 Squadron crashed 19/08/1942

    Can anyone help me with the specific spitfire this man was flying when he crashed. On-line records (Return to Normandy) indicate a Spitfire Vb but his log book shows that on his first sortie that day it was Spitfire VI ON-E. I guess that the ORB's will tell but I don't have access and would like to clear this point up.

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    Hello,

    I have a note that Sgt J B Shanks was piloting No.124 Sqn Spitfire VI BR575, on 19 August, 1942. Some sources quote BR575 as being on No.421 Sqn RCAF, but 421 never operated that marque.

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    Hi all, this has been already discussed in older thread:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...loss-19-Aug-42
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    124 ORB stated Sgt Shanks was fyling BR588 during the morning flight and also during the second operation from which he failed to return.
    But we know that there are quite often errors in the ORBs - sometimes the writer simply typed the same aircraft which the pilot used during previous flight even if he was already flying another one...


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    Thanks everyone - his log book specifies ON - E for his previous sortie and when he filled it in in 1945 on return from Stalag 344 he just comments that he downed a Do217 and as he climbed away his engine packed up, he also mentions that prior to the Do217 he had attacked an FW190 but made no mention of receiving any damage from that occurrence. I'm happy to believe BR 575 as the plane he was flying at that time.

    Rick

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