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    Default D Pearcey, POW No. 24768

    Can anyone help me with this chap.

    From Ross's POW info. his service number is 924205 but which Squadron? When did he go down?

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    W/O Douglas Pearcy, 272 Squadron, Middle East Command, shot down on 9.2.42 at El Agaelia.

    Anything to add?

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    272 Sqn were flying Beaufighter I.C from Idku. Losses for 272 Sqn that come close to 9-2-1942 were T4875 (6-2-1942) and T4651 (15-2-1942).
    No info on T4651. T4875 crashlanded near Barce, Libya. Wounded navigator could, due to his wounds and exploding ammunition, not rescue the pilot from the cockpit. F/O (Pilot) Hector H. CRAWFORD - NZ39904 lies buried in the mil. cem. near Barce. Refer to 'For Your Tomorrow' (Errol Martyn), vol. 1, page 178.
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    Hi Henk,

    No.272 ORB is quite a task to unravel.

    T4651
    20/02/42
    Op: Patrol, LG.10, 07:30 hrs

    P/O Cobley
    Sgt G Williams

    Sighted and damaged a He111. U/c collapsed on landing at Edku at 13:15 hrs on the return leg of a mission to Mersa Matruh. Both crew safe.

    T4875
    Details as noted
    Nav was Sgt Patterson

    On the 9th Feb the squadron lost two aircraft on a Shipping strike.

    S for Sugar
    S/L Hoggarth (possibly J V, 37175)
    P/O Sproates (possibly G, 114580)

    N for Nuts
    Sgt Purley
    Sgt Crossley

    I have a note that one aircraft could be T4836 but have not carried out anything more on these two losses yet.

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    Difficult to put this one to bed.

    The info. l have is fro his POW liberation questionaire.

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    Nick

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    Can anyone shed any light on a W/O. 924205 W/O. Douglas Pearcy RAFVR - shot down on or about the 09th February 1942 (PoW - Kopernikus) - understood to be with 272 Squadron with the loss of his observer? The son of the pilot has contacted me with this enquiry and I would like to assist him with any details that anyone are able to provide? Thank you.

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    Hello,

    Monday, 9 February, 1942
    No.272 Sqn.
    Beaufighter IC T4836 "N"

    Failed to return from attack on shipping at Sirte, 1520-1700.

    924205 Sgt (Pilot) D PEARCEY - PoW (Camp 357/PoW No.24768)
    994885 Sgt (Obs.) J S CROSSLEY - PoW (Camp 357/PoW No.24477)

    See:
    A History of the Mediterranean Air War 1940-1945 Vol.2, Feb 1942 - Mar 1943.
    Shores,Christopher, et al.
    London:Grub Street,2012.
    p.184

    Col
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    Thanks Dave and of course Col Bruggy, very much appreciated - guess a download of the ORB's for this period is in order. Once again the information supplied is appreciated, thank you.

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    I did pay and download the ORB's for this period - if anyone would like a copy pm me and I will oblige.

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