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    Looking for details on the death on 15/10/1942 of Flt Lt Kenneth John Austin REED - 88707, commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.
    Missing, Believed Killed In Action along with WO Gordon Douglas NASH 743089.

    Details of aircraft, mission, airfield etc much appreciated.

    Thanks
    Martyn A Critchlow

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    Hello Martyn,

    The Basics:

    15 October 1942

    At 0800 hours next morning eight Beaufighters of 252 Squadron carried out an offensive sweep south of Crete, two Ju52s being seen. One was shot down and the other damaged, but the aircraft flown by F/O. Reed, with his observer, F/Sgt. Nash, crashed into the sea.

    See:
    Fighters over the Desert.
    Shores,Christopher & Hans Ring.
    London:Neville Spearman,1969.
    p.187.

    and...

    Three days later (15-10-42), Bragg* led seven Beaufighters on an offensive sweep towards Crete. They came across two Ju 52s and shot down one, damaging the other. But one Beaufighter went down into the sea on the homeward journey, leaving only a patch of oil visible; Flight Lieutenant Kenneth J.A. Reed and Warrant Officer Gordon D. Nash lost their lives.

    * W/C P. H. Bragg. OC No.252 Sqn.

    See:
    The Armed Rovers:Beauforts & Beaufighters over the Mediterranean.
    Nesbit,Roy C.
    Shrewsbury:Airlife,1995.
    pp.69-70

    Possibly: Beaufighter VI X8075 - crashed in sea 60m NW of Alexandria, 15.10.42.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 14th October 2009 at 00:51. Reason: minor correction

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    Col,

    As ever, many thanks for your information.

    Martyn

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