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    Hello ,

    On april 14th 1942 Tomahawk AH-844 was lost near Hamoir in Belgium. Does someone has additional information on this lost ?

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    Salut Alain

    On the 22nd of April, 1942, the pilot of Tomahawk Mk. I s/n AH844 from No. 239 (AC) Squadron was carrying out a tactical reconnaissance sortie over Bruges, France when it went missing. It would appear he was a victim of flak.

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    hello,

    Just a minor point Chris, Bruges (French spelling, Brugge in Flemish, meaning bridge) is in Belgium, not in France. Unless you are talking of Fruges (with a F, which is indeed in France, in the Pas-de-Calais département).

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    Thanks gentleman,
    No idea who was the pilot ?

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    Hi Alain

    I have

    FRAMPTON, WILFRED ANTHONY; Plt Off 103004

    All the best

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    Hi !

    P/O. Wilfred Anthony Frampton is mentioned on the CWGC website as buried at Worthing (Durrington) Cemetery with date 22/04/1942.
    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2959384

    Best regards from Belgium

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    Please Note all spellings are as per source rather than corrected for grammatical errors.

    Missing on Tactical Reconnaissance to Bruges, Presumed shot down by Flak 22 Apr 1942.

    Aircraft had taken off as part of a pair on a Popular Sortie to photograph an ammunition dump at Bois De Tillegaem 5 Miles SW of Bruges at 1400 from Manston. Aircraft crossed the coast near Coxyde Bains, and proceeded to attack targets of opportunity. No.1 aircraft made a low level attack on a goods train moving south on a single track between Adinkerke H.4187 and Zwaantje H.4383, no results observed. Formation the proceeded to Furmes aerodrome where a attack was made on a hanger in the NW corner of the field, strike were observed on this hanger. 5 FW190 aircraft were seen at 500ft, on which the No.1 took evasive action and climbed into cloud crossing the coast. No.1 landed at Manston at 1450hrs. This aircraft was last seen on the starboard side of the No.1, who just after saw a concentration of flak bursting on his port side immediately prior to entering cloud and crossing the coast. No.1 attempted to call this aircraft during flight back to Manston, but no reply was received.

    Pilot was PltOff W.A.Frampton 103004

    This was the last of four known operational losses of Tomahawk aircraft in Europe.
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    Hi all,
    It's possible that AH844 was lost over sea and the pilot's body later recovered, hence buried in the U.K.
    For Dick:
    What was the the place of death registration for:
    22-4-1942
    P/O Wilfred A. FRAMPTON - 103004.
    Regards,
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    Chaps this is getting dupicated with Henks earlier thread for unaccounted men on that date.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=5488

    In short he does not turn up in the EngWales register and I just checked it again and he does not appear to be in the Scottish register but I don't have full access and his name could be misspelled.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Flying officer W.A. Frampton was listed Killed in Action in the Times Jun 30, 1942 - WHich means they had confirmation of his death, so either his body was in UK or washed up on UK coast, or the Red Cross confirmed his death in Europe.. Also this is less than 2 months after his last mission

    So if he is buried in UK, it can only either be because

    a) killed in UK or body washed up on uK coast
    b) post war burial

    Paul

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