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    Continuing with my trawl through MotBoB I have come up against the entry for this officer who was with 213 and 312 Squadrons during the battle. The short biog. in part says
    " Later in the month (August) he was posted to 312S at Duxford. Dunscombe's a/c was damaged in combat on Sep. 17th and he baled out sustaining injuries when he landed in a tree. His Hurricane, V7228, crashed near Edenbridge, Kent."

    1. V7228, according to ABS, was soc 13/8/40 whilst with 213S.
    2. 312S was not operational until 2 October.
    3. I can find no other mention of this incident in any of the usual BoB record books:

    BoBT&N, Masons Battle over Britain, Fighter Command War Diaries, Aircraft Casualties in Kent 1939-1940. FCL.

    Can anyone offer an explanation please?

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    Last edited by davew; 25th March 2009 at 19:40. Reason: added FCL to book list

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    Hello Davew,

    Wynn, in a supplementary volume of MotBoB, significantly revises his text. I quote;

    'In late August Dunscombe was posted to 312 Squadron, then being formed at Duxford. On September 17 his aircraft was damaged in combat and he baled out, sustaining injuries when he landed in a tree. His Hurricane V7228, crashed at Paley Farm, Folly Hill, near Cranbrook.'

    See:
    Men of the Battle of Britain:Supplementary Volume.
    Wynn,Kenneth G.
    Norwich:Gliddon Books,1992.
    p.56.

    The problem with V7228 remains, but the mention of 312 forming-up, and the change of location of the crash, worthies further investigation.

    Mason, in his 1990 edition of, Battle Over Britain, also revises his bio entry for Dunscombe.

    "On 213 Sqn., 1-7-40. Posted to 312 (Czech) Sqn., c.28-8-40. Commissioned 16-10-40. + 1 Bf 110, 15-8-40. Injured 17-9-40.

    See:
    Battle Over Britain.
    Mason,Francis K.
    Bourne End:Aston Pubs.,1990.
    p.415.

    There is no mention of Dunscombe, in either edition of Battle Over Britain, under 17-9-40.

    Ominously, there is no mention of V7228 at all, in the Aircraft Index - Royal Air Force (pp.792-99), in The Battle of Britain:Then and Now Mk.V

    Apparently, 312 became operational on 2-10-40.

    It would be of interest, to see what you 'dig up'.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 25th March 2009 at 23:42. Reason: Minor addition

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    Col

    Thanks for the update, I don't have the latest BoBT&N. I found this piece in the Croydon Guardian newspaper dated March 2008 which repeats the September 17th date and the Edenbridge connection.

    http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/news/2099841.school_honours_its_air_force_war_hero/

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    Found Sgt Raymond Douglas Dunscombe in The reconstruction of warriors:
    Archibald McIndoe, the Royal Air Force and the Guinea Pig Club


    Says:

    17 September 1940 Sgt Raymond Douglas Dunscombe 312 Squadron Hurricane

    He was obviously burned in the incuident on this date. Although the aircraft ID remains a mystery!

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