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    HORLOCK, John Charles, Flight Lieutenant (Pilot),134123 RAFVR , 272 Sqn. RAF. Died 09.12.1944, aged 28. Son of Benjamin Withers Horlock and Minnie Horlock, of Four Marks, Hants. Buried Udine War Cemetery, Italy, II.F.13 (cwgc). 272 Sqn. were flying Bristol Beaufighter X and XI fighter-bombers from Foggia, Italy.

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    Finally one of my boks comes in handy!

    From R C Nesbitts book, Armed Rovers

    Scanned from the book:
    "Two days later a new flight commander, Squadron Leader Anthony J. Mottram, led six Beaufighters to the Gulf of Trieste, escorted by six Spitfires of 237 Squadron. Mottram had been awarded a DFC when flying Beaufighters with 489 (NZ) Squadron in the UK, while his navigator, Flying Officer Walter A.G. Hook, had received a DFC after completing a tour with the Beauforts and Beaufighters of 39 Squadron in the Mediterranean. When flying at 150 feet, the Beaufighter and Spitfire formation encountered medium and light flak from the shore. This was both intense and accurate, and an aircraft flown by Flying Officer John C. Horlock and Warrant Officer Frank H. Rapley was hit. Horlock attempted a force-landing in a field but the aircraft blew up when it skidded along the ground. Rapley tried to rescue Horlock, but was forced out of the burning machine. The pilot lost his life, and the navigator ended the war as a PoW. The other aircraft scored hits on three barges, two of which sank."
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Beaufighter X serial NT971 shot down by flak at San Giorgio. W/O RAPLEY - 1602664 is in the PoW-register without camp- and pow-number.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Thanks very much, Dennis & Henk - as much as I could have hoped for!

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