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    Default P/O. J J A. McFadyen RAAF ?

    Looking for details leading to the loss of the following airman.

    In some instances the last name seems to be spelt McFadyan, as listed in FCL (Franks) - 08/12/44. 126 Squadron. F/O. J. McFadyan (killed) but I can find no loss for that spelling in the CWGC site.

    Could this be the same airman?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Regards
    Peter

    Name: McFADYEN, JAMES JOSEPH ALEXANDER
    Initials: J J A
    Nationality: Australian
    Rank: Pilot Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 08/12/1944
    Service No: 416688
    Additional information: Son of James Alexander McFadyen and Merle Agnes McFadyen.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: G. 7.
    Cemetery: VEURNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

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    theres lots of tools to check Australian airmen on,

    the nominal roll
    http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/

    The War Memorial Roll of Honour
    http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/

    Both of which place him

    Unit: 126 Squadron RAF
    Date of death: 8 December 1944
    Place of death: Holland
    Cause of death: Flying Battle

    And of course the National Archives themselves, Recordsearch function
    http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/recordsearch/index.aspx

    And his Casualty file is scanned and digitised:
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    McFADYEN, James Joseph Alexander - (Pilot Officer); Service Number - 416688; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Spitfire MK418; Place - Veurne, Holland; Date - 8 December 1944
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Cheers Dennis,

    Seems Franks has it wrong, his entry reads.....

    08/12/1944.
    126 Squadron
    Spitfire IX MK481 'A'
    F/O. J. McFadyan +
    Ramrod 1398. am. Met by flak off Dunkirk crashed at Nieuport.

    As I say no McFadyan listed in the CWGC.

    Many thanks for looking

    Regards
    Peter

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    http://www.spitfires.ukf.net/p070.htm

    MK418 LFIX CBAF M66 6MU 15-2-44 329S '5A-N' 28-2-44 453S 15-6-44 329S 22-6-44 3501SU 9-7-44 126S 27-7-44 Crashed in bad weather Eggwartschappelle CE 8-12-45

    MK481 LFIX CBAF M66 33MU 1-3-44 82MU 13-3-44 Empire Raj 21-3-44 Casablanca 6-4-44 4FU [Lost 20-7-44 SOC 18-8-44] [126S '5J-A' Met by flak off Dunkirk crashed in Nieuport/Dunkirk area 8-12-44 F/O J McFadyan killed]

    The aircraft is only once identified in the casuatly pack, in the initla telegram and thats listed as MK418. The website above has both serial lost that date so understandable confusion over the years. Which is the correct one however. Eggwartschappelle is mention in McFadyen's casualty file.
    Dennis Burke
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    Hello Peter/Dennis,

    Here is what the Circumstantial Report in McFadyen's A705 has to say (I have omitted From/To info):-

    Spitfire MK 418 (Hand-written annotation)

    Aus. 416688 P/O J.J.A McFadyen -Killed.

    CIRCUMSTANTIAL REPORT ON ACCIDENT.

    Pilot Officer McFadyen took part in an operation on 8th December, 1944, as escort to 163 Lancasters bombing DUISBURG, and landed at BRUSSELS - MELSBROEK, taking off again at about 1500 hours on the same afternoon.

    A signal was later received at this Unit stating that Spitfire MK. 418 and the body of Pilot Officer McFadyen had been found at EGGEWAARTSKAPELLE near VEURNE at 1530 hours on 8th December ?, 1944.(Date is difficult to read).

    Enemy action was presumed to be the cause as contigual damage was discovered aft of the cockpit.

    See: NAA: A705 166/26/704 p.13 of 21 (See p.15 of 21 for later info received at Unit, and included in a letter to McFadyen's Mother).

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 14th July 2009 at 01:44. Reason: minor correction

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