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    Default P/O. J A. Denning RAFVR. 26 squadron.

    Looking for details leading to the loss of this airman.

    Any help would be appreciated

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    Peter.

    Name: DENNING, JOHN ARIHUR (Arthur)
    Initials: J A
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Pilot Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 26 Sqdn.
    Age: 19
    Date of Death: 07/12/1942
    Service No: 124418
    Additional information: Son of Dr. Frederick Arthur Vere Denning and Daisy Denning.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 69.
    Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
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    Hi Peter,

    7/12/1942

    No.26 Squadron RAF
    (Army Co-operation Command)

    Mustang I AG594

    F.T.R. from Armed Recce, Fecamp.

    See:
    Mustang:The Operational Record
    Jackson,Robert
    Shrewsbury:Airlife,1992.
    p.15

    Regards,Col.

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    Many thanks Col, all the best for 2009.

    Regards
    Peter.

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    Default P/Off J A Denning

    Denning's seems to be a particularly sad loss. He was one of five pilots posted in to 26Sqn from 41OTU on 4 November 1942. Two of the other pilots included the good friends Pete Bagshawe (who became CO of 250Sqn in Italy at the end of the war) and Terry Spencer whose biography appeared recently in Flypast or Aeroplane (?). Denning flew an "interceptor patrol" (coastal patrol against tip and run raids) on 2 December and his first offensive operation on 7 December. Probably about 2.5 hours operational flying.

    Steve

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