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    Default Unaccounted airman - 15-4-1942 (Germany)

    What caused the death of F/O (Pilot) Gordon H. BATCHELOR - 863343 of 54 Sqn (Castletown, Caithness), who died/was killed 15-4-1942 and lies buried 5A.H.9 in the Hamburg War Cemetery. Can't find a matching Spitfire serial for this date and may F/O Batchelor probably have been lost at an earlier date and died being a PoW.
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    Henk.

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    It seems that 54 Sqn lost R7269 (Jamshedpur Gulmari) 9-7-1941 on a Circus escorting Stirlings to Mazingarbe. Shot down by a Bf 109 and crashed in the area of Cap Gris Nez. A P/O Bachelor (or Batchelor) taken into captivity. Could this be the F/Lt Gordon H. BATCHELOR - 86343 where I'm looking for ?
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    Hi Henk
    From Norman Franks FCL Vol 1 2nd ed. 54 Sqn lost 2 Spitfire Va's on a Circus op,in combat with Me109's. R7269,named as you have it, P/O G H Batchelor, POW. Franks records that he died of bone disease in Oflag VIb on 15/4/42
    The other a/c was W3169,P/O N G Baxter KIA and buried in Enquin sur Baillons
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    Dick

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    Thanks Dick; another problem solved in my files. W3169 was known to me and also R7269 but info missing on BATCHELOR (not in the PoW-register).
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    Henk.

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