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    Quoting from the NZ Herald on Sunday 23rg December 2007.
    Fighter pilot Mick Shand famous for his flying in the Battle of Britain and later in the Great Escape from a Nazi camp, has died aged 92.
    He died at his home in Masterton on Thursday.
    Shand was posted to 54 squadron at Hornchurch, London in late August 1940.
    The Royal Air Force was desperately short of pilots and Shand was rushed to the squadron with just 20 hours' flying in Spitfires; he had never fired its guns.
    But Shand became a skilled pilot, specialising in low level attacks on German transport.
    He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in September 1942 after his 60th sortie but the same month was shot down while trying to destroy a train to Holland.
    Imprisoned in notorious Stalag Luft 3, Shand took part inthe famous Great Escape of March 1943. Almost all the escapees were recaptured and 50 executed. Shand who farmed all his postwar life in the Wairarapa, is survived by a son and daughter.
    - NZPA.

    I thought it appropriate to pass on this sad news to the members of this board.
    Lest We Forget.

    A Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to all members.
    Regards,
    Rob Jerram.

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    Hi Rob,

    Sad news indeed but 92 is not a bad innings. I think you mean March 1944.

    Cheers,

    John.

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