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    Default R.A.F. casualty, 28th December 1944

    hello,

    A long time ago, I was given very basic details from Police and Gendarmerie reports for crashes in northern France. I've been able to identify many of them, but I still have a couple of mysteries. That one for example :
    On 28th December 1944, at 5:00PM, a British plane crashed in Gommegnies. The pilot fell to his death due to a malfunction of his parachute, on the territory of Amfroipret.

    I have no pilot buried in northern France for that date, the only R.A.F. casualty is AC1 David Grant MOFFAT (302165), buried in Lille-South, but he's not aircrew.

    I presume the pilot who lost his life at Amfroipret was buried in Belgium, which is not far.

    Can someone enlighten me about this case ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Joss

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    Hi Joss,
    From FCL vol 3.
    124 Sqn Spitfire IX PL218 F/Lt. B. Murphy baled injured whilst on Ramrod 1419 escorting Lancasters to Cologne in the PM. Hit by flak ner Aachen Second degree burns.
    This is the only entery in the book for this date.
    Alex

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    hello again Alex,

    The French report states the pilot was dead, while Murphy survived. I presume this might be a non-operational loss, hence not recorded in FCL (and the series anyway has lots of errors and omission) or in "2nd TAF" volume 2.
    It could have been a ferrying or a transit flight, a test flight from a Repair & Servicing Unit, things that are slightly more difficult to find.

    I've tried to make the research starting with the date, with this link
    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php
    but I couldn't have it working.

    Cheers

    Joss
    Last edited by jossleclercq; 12th October 2008 at 09:54.

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