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    Hello,

    I'm trying to find some information about a Belgian RAF pilot named Van Den Plassche F. E., serial RAF VR 132973. He left Belgium for the UK together with another Belgian pilot, Soors Martin, in March 1942. Can somebody help me?
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    Alexander

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    hello,

    He filed an escape & evasion report, filed in the WO 208/3319 volume in Kew.

    According to this report, his first name was François. Born on the 2nd of February 1906. In the RAF since 11th november 1942. Went through No. 61 OTU (Charterhall).
    He was flying a Mosquito night fighter with No. 141 Squadron (navigator was F/O MAMOUTOFF) and came down on 25th March 1944 in the Maubeuge area and evaded capture.

    Our Belgian forumites will be able to add much more details.

    Martin SOORS was Missing in Action on 10th november 1943. He was a Typhoon pilot with no. 197 Squadron, engaged in a solo night intruder mission against Poix airfield.

    Joss

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    I found this in my ORB transcritps for No.61 OTU.

    February 26th 1943, “Another accident occurred today involving P/O Van Denplashe
    (Belgium) flying Spitfire N3051, this officer in mid air collided with another plane when
    turning into the sun, which with smoke haze made visibility poor. No blame attached to
    pilot.”

    While the name is slightly different I don't thin there would have been two people with the name who both went through No.61 OTU.
    Alan Clark

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    http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/

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    Alexander,
    From, "Pursuit Through Darkened Skies" by Michael Allen, it appears that Van den Plassche baled out of his Mosquito and landed in the middle of a German aerodrome one or two miles west of Chambry which was being used for night flying operations at the time. He hid his flying kit and made a solo "home run", crossing the Pyrenees into Spain and thence, via Gibraltar, to England. It took him just two months after baling out to return to his squadron.
    George Mamoutoff, his navigator, was killed cause unknown, on 25th March.
    The cause of the loss of the Mosquito was stated to be mechanical failure, rather than enemy action.
    Allen also states that on his return to the squadron, Van den Plassche made a point of presenting the WAAF who had packed his parachute, with a bottle of French perfume.
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    Bill,

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    Chorley Vol.5 page 141. Mosquito NF.II HJ708/P; engine fire hunting enemy aircraft, crew baled 8 km NE of Laon/Aisne. Both survived. F/O George MAMOUTOFF - 147939 (from Russian descent) died/was killed 20-6-1944 (cause not known).
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    Presumably then Henk, Michael Allen did not know that George Mamoutoff survived the bale out or that he spent two months on the run. One wonders how the date of George's death is known and yet the cause is not.
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    Default F/O George Mamoutoff

    F/O George Mamoutoff was killed when German troops (Ukrainian volunteers led by SS officers) attacked the French maquis of Saint-Mards-en-Othe. His name is commemorated on a memorial erected in that town with the names of the other underground members killed on that day.

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    Thanks for that Deckobeck, it's good to have these little mysteries cleared up.
    Bill.

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    Default RAF Belgian pilot Van Den Plassche F. E.

    Many thanks for your help!!!
    Greetings,

    Alexander

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