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    Hi,

    I have listed seven Beaufighter losses. In every case I'd like to know the pilots name, the serial number an the a/c codes.

    8 Feb 1942
    248 Sqn Coastal Command
    Bristol Beaufighter WR-
    Sgt Observer L N Brown
    +, 4.C.8

    23 Oct 1942
    236 Sqn Coastal Command
    Bristol Beaufighter ND-
    P/O Navigator D G Wilmer
    +, 13.B.3

    7 May 1943
    143 Sqn Coastal Command
    Bristol Beaufighter HO-
    F/S Navigator L M Smith
    +, 3.E.7

    12 Jul 1943
    236 Sqn Coastal Command
    Bristol Beaufighter ND-
    F/S Navigator P Crawforth
    +, 3.C.8

    23 Nov 1943
    254 Sqn Coastal Command
    Bristol Beaufighter QM-
    F/O Navigator H C Pavitt
    +, 5.F.6

    6 Jul 1944
    455 Sqn Coastal Command
    Bristol Beaufighter UB-
    F/O Navigator F G Dodd
    +, 5.C.3
    Shot down by flak and crashed into the North Sea W of Heligoland.

    22 Jul 1944
    236 Sqn Coastal Command
    Bristol Beaufighter ND-
    F/S F A J Button
    +, 5.B.19
    Shot down by AA of the Kriegsmarine and crashed N of Norderney.

    Many thanks in advance!

    regards

    Steve

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    Hello Steve

    In the same order as you gave them, the serials are


    T4776
    EL275
    JL887
    JL822
    LZ172, LZ412 or JM351
    LZ194 or NE348
    NT944

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    Hi Steve,

    The Beaufighter of F/O Pavitt was the LZ412 'W', his pilot F/O Albert Frederick Hague, aged 25, J/14449 RCAF, MIA

    Their Beaufighter was one of the three losses during an attack on a convoy West of Den Helder, The Netherlands. German Bf.109's of 4./JG3 from Schiphol claimed 3 Beaufighters at 15.06, 15.08 and 15.09 hrs local time. However, Flak from the ships may have caused too these losses, dificult top say during such a hectic operation.

    Best regards,
    Hans Nauta

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    Hi Dave, hi Hans,

    many thanks for the precious answer. They are highly welcome!

    Kind regards

    Steve

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    Sorry DaveW but EL275 was

    Capt H Moizan FAFL
    Sgt G T Vuilleumier

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    Hi Hans,

    I have LZ412 as a torpedo armed aircraft, coded G, and flown by F/Sgt R J O'Connor

    JM351 was coded W and was tasked with cannon fire flak suppression on the attack.

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    Hi Ross

    In that case there must have been another unrecorded (at least by me) 236S loss on 23 October 1943.

    DaveW

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    Hi Dave,

    indeed there was a second loss of 236S on 23-10-42:

    23 Oct
    1942
    236 Sqn Coastal Command
    Bristol Beaufighter Serial? ND-
    Op:
    F/O Pilot E B Willliams
    +
    P/O Navigator D G Wilmer
    +, 13.B.3
    P/O Wilmer rests in Sage War Cemetery. F/O Williams is commemorated on panel 68 of the Runnymede Memorial.

    Maybe Ross can clear this up!?

    regards

    Steve

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    Hi Steve and Dave,

    Yes, Williams aircraft, G for George, was the other loss on this day for No.236 Sqn.

    The serial has not been confirmed from reliable sources and is either EL447, JL447 or FL447.

    Regards
    Ross

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    Steve,
    I have beaufighter XI JL887 missing on reconnaissance off Dutch coast 7/5/43. According to the North Coates Roll of Honour the pilot was Fg Off JR Worswick. See website addresses:
    http://www.poulton.info/familyhistory/War%20Memorial%203.htm
    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1532104

    If anyone has a copy of the 143 Sqdn ORB this should give you the individual aircraft code letter, as I don't have that info.

    Regards,
    Robert

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