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    he was killed on the 26.08.43. possibly serving with 603 sqdn in the med.
    any further information most appreciated.
    thanks. t.s.

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    Buried in adjacent grave as

    F/Sgt Robert Charles Scott 951561 also of 603 Squadron

    From using G Sullivans website:
    http://www.hut-six.co.uk/cgi-bin/search39-47.php

    I've no source to give you an aircraft loss however.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Hi Thomas
    If he was with 603 then he would have been flying Beaufighters from one of 3 airfields. Misurata West about 70 mls E of Tripoli, or from a detachment at Berka III,one of a cluster around Benghazi or from El Magrun, about 50 mls S of Benghazi. The a/c could have been a MkVIc or a Mk XI(which they got in Aug 43).This comes from Jefford's RAF Squadrons and either Beaufighter would have needed a 2nd crewman which might explain Dennis' discovery of the adjacent 603 grave
    Regards
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    Hello Thomas,

    On 19 August 1943 it was the turn of S/L H.K.Laycock in aircraft P to lead an armed rover on Missolonghi using cannon, machine guns and 250lb bombs. The aircraft's starboard engine caught fire but Laycock and Sgt R.C.Scott made a good belly landing beside the road, one mile north west of the town. They were both badly burned and were later said to be prisoners of war. Both were then reported to have died in the camp hospital on the same day, 26 August, only one week later as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Squadron Leader Herbert Laycock and Sergeant Robert Scott are buried in the Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece.

    See:
    The Greatest Squadron of Them All:The Definitive History of 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron RAUXF. Vol.II 1941 to Date.
    Ross,David,Blanche,Bruce & William Simpson.
    London:Grub Street,2003.
    pp.162 & 399.

    Maybe someone can provide a Beau serial, now you have a loss date for a/c 'P'.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 30th April 2009 at 02:34. Reason: minor correction

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    Thomas,
    From the LG:
    Air Ministry,
    26th July, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation, 9th July 1938:
    Herbert Keith LAYCOCK.

    Air Ministry,
    17th September, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer:
    3rd Sept., 1940
    Herbert Keith LAYCOCK (40925).

    Air Ministry,
    28th October, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.):
    3rd Sept. 1941.
    H. K. LAYCOCK (40925).
    Regards, Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Maybe someone can provide a Beau serial, now you have a loss date for a/c 'P'.
    A couple of possibilities from the appendix of The Greatest Squadron of Them All are JL 626 and NT893 - both given as P. Someone with the Air-Britain serial books could try those first

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    Default herbert keith laycock

    hi. to everyone thank you all very much for the info
    most helpful.
    regards. tom

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