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    Default W/O Robert Taylor Martin, 234 Squ. 17th July 1941.

    Guys,

    Can anyone tell me what befell this chap. His POW questionaire says that he was picked up in the Channel between Cl....... and Weymouth.

    Any ideas?

    Regards,

    Nick

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    Hi Nick,

    SPIRIT OF CREWE I

    Presented by the Crewe Spitfire Fund with a donation of 5,549 pounds, Mk.IIa P8395 was taken on charge at No.33 MU Lyneham on 17 May 1941 and sent on 25 June to Middle Wallop, then to No.234 (Madras Presidency) Sqn on 2 July, flying sweeps and bomber escorts from Warmwell. On 10 July Sgt Jaka probably destroyed a Bf 109F over Cherbourg, but seven days later P8395 was shot down by Bf 109s forty miles south of Portland while looking for a downed Blenheim crew in company with aircraft from Nos.118 and 501 Squadrons. Flt Sgt R.T.Martin 742176 was captured, to end the war as PoW number 39298 in Stalag 357 at Kopernikus.

    See:
    Gifts of War:Spitfires and other Presentation Aircraft in Two World Wars.
    Boot,Henry & Ray Sturtivant.
    Tonbridge:Air Britain(Historians),2005.
    p.294

    Col.

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    Default Flight Sgt. R.T Martin was my father

    He spent most of the war in prison camp, from where he eventually escaped. He married and had four children and retired as a happy goat keeper, becoming President of the British goat society. Although he still flew micro -lights to keep his feet well off the ground.

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