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    Hello All,

    Christopher Shores et al, in 'Malta:The Spitfire Year 1942' (p.359), claim that W/C Eric Tennant (CO of 69 Sqn), was aboard Baltimore AG715, which took off from Luqa at 0650 on 15-6-42 to carry out a sea patrol, and subsequently failed to return.

    The four crew l have, are:-

    65571 P/O (Pilot) Arthur Hedley PATRICK +
    AUS407119 F/Sgt (A.Obs.) Allen Dawe HARRIS RAAF +
    1100943 Sgt (W.Op/Air Gnr.) William Dennis WARBURTON +
    1382510 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Ernest Charles SANDERS +
    (All commemorated on the Malta Memorial).

    There is no mention of Tennant in Harris' A705 (NAA: A705 163/120/477). Furthermore, one 33202 W/C Eric Tennant DFC, is listed on the CWGC as dying on 10-12-44, and being buried in Little Stanmore (St. Lawrence) Churchyard.

    Was Tennant aboard AG715 on 15-6-42? If not, what happened to him on 10-12-44?

    Hoping someone can help solve this dilemma.

    Regards,
    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 30th April 2009 at 05:34. Reason: minor correction

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    He is listed in both Flight and The Times as having KOAS in Dec 1944. His short obit in The Times makes no mention of any incident in 1942

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    Hello Amrit,

    I noticed the entries in The Times (Fri. Dec 15, 1944 & Sat Dec 23, 1944). The In Memoriam notice (Dec 15), states that he died, 'whilst flying'.

    Col.

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    Tennant killed Mosquito PZ291 of 2 GSU. Low flying practice attack on column of tanks, flew too low and hit ground in Stanford Battle Area, Norfolk. Also killed F/L John Noel Bignold (117864) Golders Green Crem.

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    Hello John,

    Thanks for that. Tennant is buried along with his brother, 37431 F/Lt Harold Wray Tennant, in a joint grave in Little Stanmore (St Lawrence) Churchyard, Middlesex. His brother was killed on 24-12-1940, when his 306 Sqn Hurricane, V6992, crashed at Hopton in Devon.

    Regards,
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    Just one thing Col, his brother was actually killed at Hopton, near Hodnet in Shropshire! AB has it as Devon but the squadron was at Tern Hill at the time in north Shropshire and he was killed in poor weather conditions.

    Cheers, Tom

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    Hello Tom,

    Should know better. I saw his name on your Shropshire Casualty Lists. Tut-tut!

    Turbill photos on way shortly.

    Regards,
    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 30th April 2009 at 11:42. Reason: minor correction

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