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    G'day all,

    AUS403610 Sgt Lewis TRUNLEY RAAF., of No 64 Sqdn, was killed on 22/5/1942.

    The title page of his undigitised A705 (NAA: 163/168/138), states that his aircraft was - Spitfire Vb BM294.

    Spitfire Vb BM294 (Of No.64 Sqdn), was damaged by Flak on 16/4/1942, during a sweep to the Somme Estuary (P/O D.A.S.COLVIN safe). Later S.O.C. (FCL2/23).

    Spitfireukf/Spitfire(The Bible)/p.201, state that BM294 was Cat.'E', 22/4/1942.

    Could someone please confirm the circumstances of TRUNLEY's death, and the serial of his aircraft?

    TIA,
    Col.

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    Hello Col

    This looks tricky!

    FCWD has no 64S losses on the 16th April, but has 1 Spitfire Cat E on the 17th which I have as BM294/Colvin (w/o with flak damage). On the 19th 64S lost BM416 in a (non-op?) landing accident, nothing then until 16th May (BM153), two on the 17th (BM320 Bennett & BM475 Barrow), then nothing until 8th June. There are no losses recorded for 22nd May.

    I cannot find a death register entry for Trunley, but note that he is buried at Hawkinge. There is nothing recorded of him in Hornchurch Offensive except as an entry in one of the appendices where he is included in the list of 64S pilots

    The death registers seem not to record non-British casualties unless serving with the RAF.
    e.g. Americans killed whilst serving with the RAF, are in the registers, but not if with USAAF. Perhaps this also applies to PAF, RNZAF, FFAF etc.

    regards

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    Dave,

    Despite the AWM's suggestion that Trunley was lost due to a 'Flying Battle' incident, this is shaping up as a non-flying cas.

    I have since discovered (NAA: A9301 207450), that Trunley, who had an engineering background, had previously served under the service number 207450 ! He was a bit older than your average fighter type (b.8/12/1913).

    64S info interesting, thanks for that.

    Afraid nothing for it, but to get Trunley,s A705's (yes, he has two of those as well !), digitised.

    Will keep you informed.

    Col.

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    I wonder if he was killed fixing or servicing BM294 and the aircraft was further damaged and destroyed and the correct SOC for BM294 was the date of his death

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    Hi Paul,

    My thoughts precisely.

    A705's should reveal all !

    Col.

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    I have a cryptic clue

    64 Sqn, Sweep to Somme Estuary, damaged by flak 17.4.42, re-cat.E
    and SOC poss.22.4.42 (22.5.42 ?), P/O DAS COLVIN safe

    Paul

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