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    Lt (Pilot) Gerald K. SMITH - SAAF 47503V of #1 (SAAF) Sqn crashlanded his Hurricane 17-6-1941 and died of wounds 1-7-1941. He lies buried Benghazi War Cem.
    Looking for the serial number of the Hurricane.
    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hello Henk,
    From 85 years of SAAF book.
    Died from injuries 26th June.
    A/c serial W9269

    other's same day(17th) were-
    V7689 Mitchell pow - S/d by 109 Sidi Omar area.
    Z4510 Dunrose safe - hit by flack Sidi Omar cr/ld Sidi Barrani East.
    Z4422 Lt. J B White killed - S/d by 109 Sidi Omar area.
    all 1 SAAF sqdn.

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    Hi Alex

    Not Dunrose, but 103189, Lt Rupert Alan Durose. Who subsequently died with 2 Sqn SAAF on the 11th July 1942

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    Thanks Alex and Pel for your info; much appreciated.
    Pel: Do you know a/c type and serial on which Lt DUROSE was killed 11-7-1942.
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    Hi Henk

    No unfortunately, but I will contact my source in SA to find out. The Northern Narrative Air 54/16, 2 Sqn SAAF, 233 Wing, 212 Group, 'B' Force says Lt R.A. Durose went missing in a Kittyhawk in a flying Battle over El Alamein on the 11th July 1942.

    He took of from LG85, one of twelve Kittyhawks in the second and last operation of the day acting as top cover to Bostons and Baltimores. They were ordered to detach themselves from the formation and attack a large formation of over thirty JU87's, escorted by more than twenty enemy fighter which were bombing our own troops. Lt Durose was lost, the only 2 Sqn SAAF casualty of the day.

    Pel

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    Hi,
    Thanks for correction my fingers again, Durose it is.
    Henk,
    Kittyhawk from 2 SAAF Sqn serial ET1020.
    Note: four numbers used on some.
    Alex

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    Thanks Alex and Pel for additional info on Lt DUROSE.
    Best regards,
    Henk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Smart View Post
    Hi,
    Thanks for correction my fingers again, Durose it is.
    Henk,
    Kittyhawk from 2 SAAF Sqn serial ET1020.
    Note: four numbers used on some.
    Alex
    Alex,
    I knew about four numbers in the ET series (carried on from ET1000 by manufacturer in error), but ET1020 is NOT listed by Air Britain in their EA100 - EZ999 serial book (as are ET1000 up to ET1015 and ET1028 !) !
    Regards,
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    CWGC: Lt DUROSE of Nr. "1" SAAF Sqn

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    Hello Henk,

    Sorry if you misread me, but the details on Durose the Squadron and and the aircraft serial numbers came from the book "85 years of SAAF".

    Alex

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