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    Default F/O Eugene Cotton 10/12/43

    Hi,

    Can anyone tell me what happened to Flying Officer 115187 Eugene Cotton, please.

    As far as I can find out he was killed on 10 December 1943 on a photo reconnaissance mission.

    Commemorated on Singapore Memorial.

    Many thanks,

    Graeme

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    Hi Graeme,

    check following links for more info:

    According to Dr. Izawa: "But the myth of invincibility was broken on 2 November 1943 when Capt. Kuroe and Lt. Sumino caught one, Capt. Kuroe shooting it down from below at close range. The Mosquito was DZ 697 of 684 Squadron flown by Pilot Officer Fielding. On 10 December, Capt. Kuroe found a Mosquito at 27,000 feet, but the Mosquito also spotted him, turned west and pulled away. Capt. Kuroe lowered his Hayabusa to 13,500 feet, pursued at full throttle and eventually begann to close the distance. After 40 minutes pursuit he sat just 160 feet below and behind the Mosquito. From there he shot up its left engine." Goes on to say he suffered a m/g stoppage and tried to get the Mosquito flown by Flying Officer E. Cotton of 684 Squadron to land but it crashed.

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-5798.html

    http://books.google.cz/books?id=i1nOLCXhh98C&pg=PA32&lpg=PA32&dq=mosquito +DZ697&source=bl&ots=w5N7nTi--h&sig=EMNEcCcMacIH_AWRdh9AwrXpHMA&hl=cs&sa=X&oi=bo ok_result&resnum=4&ct=result

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    Pavel,

    Cheers, many thanks for the reply but I am most confused now.

    Different sources seem to give differing information.

    For example

    http://www.warbirds.in/Crashes/crpage.php?cur=150&qacid=AL&qafdb=RAF&datesall=ON& fmdate=&fmmonth=&fmyear=&todate=&tomonth=&toyear=

    shows that DZ697 was shot down on 2 Nov. 1943 with F/O Fielding and Thurton and DZ696 shot down on 10 December 1943 with Boots and Wilkins aboard.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=Gx85T-eYPdQC&pg=PA64&lpg=PA64&dq=dz697+mosquito&source=b l&ots=Y-OTWUkn-y&sig=ayb6x5PvN7XTrRcLinQ9qSWcVEU&hl=en&sa=X&oi=bo ok_result&resnum=2&ct=result

    agrees that DZ697 was Fielding and Turton and DZ696 was Boot and Wilkins.

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/archive/index.php?t-5798.html
    claims that DZ696 was Cotton


    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=cs&u=http://www.valka.cz/clanek_11999.html&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=6&ct=re sult&prev=/search%3Fq%3Ddz696%2Bmosquito%26hl%3Den

    claims that it was Cotton flying


    Confusing reply, I know. I cannot find Boot or Wilkins on CWGC so am I to take it that it was Cotton flying?

    Regards,

    Graeme

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    Hi, on http://www.warbirds.in/Crashes/crpage.php?cur=150&qacid=AL&qafdb=RAF&datesall=ON& fmdate=&fmmonth=&fmyear=&todate=&tomonth=&toyear=

    there is different name of pilot:

    10 Dec 43 Mosquito II Sgt G M Bools* 684 DZ696 SD during sortie to Rangoon, Sgt E A Wilkins K

    Anyway I was also ubale to find them on CWGC site but they can survived...

    But what was Serial No. of Cotton's Mossie looks like a small mystery to me now...

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    Hi once more,
    no additional info for your question but interesting story of Cotton borthers:

    http://www.staffshomeguard.co.uk/D10ReminiscencesDstaffshg.htm

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,

    Thanks again.

    I found Bools on the CWGC, under M. Bools

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1530082

    died 22/11/43 from 115 Suadron.

    Regards,

    Graeme

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    Graeme you are not ex RAF by any chance as I had a boss by your name.

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    Hi Airbus,

    No, 'fraid not, sorry.

    Graeme

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