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    Can anybody help with the following discrepancies between two books: Men of the Battle of Britain and RAF Fighter Command Losses of the Second World War:-

    Pilot Officer Ernest Cecil John Wakeham 41883 DFC 145Sqn Killed 8th August 1940 Hurricane P2957 or P3163
    Sergeant Eric Debnam Baker 740005 145Sqn Killed 8th August 1940 Hurricane P3381 or P2957
    Sergeant Ronald David Baker 518293 56Sqn Killed 11th August 1940 Hurricane P2985 or N2667
    Sergeant Marmaduke Ridley 565201 616 Killed 26th August 1940 Spitfire Ia R6758 or R6633

    Sergeant Samuel Archer 803473 236Sqn Killed 31st June 1941 or Passed away in 1980
    Sergeant Gray 72 Sqn Spitfire N3093 killed 5th September 1940 or 9th September 1940
    Sergeant Feary 609Sqn Spitfire N3238 killed 7th October 1940 or 17th October 1940
    Flying Officer Kirkwood 603Sqn Spitfire P7285 Missing 8th October 1940 or 8th November 1940
    Sergeant Roden 19Sqn Spitfire P7420 killed 15th November 1940 or 16th November 1940
    Pilot Officer Hogg 152Sqn Spitfire R6810 Missing 25th August 1940 or Passed away in 1986
    Flying Officer Goldsmith 603Sqn Spitfire P7439 killed 27th October 1940 or 28th October 1940
    Pilot Officer Stewart 485Sqn Spitfire P7773 killed 11th JUly 1940 or 15th March 1941
    Sergeant Johnson 222Sqn Spitfire R6628 killed 30th August 1940 or 31st August 1940

    Which Sergeant Booth dived Spitfire N3026 into the ground near Nailsworth, Gloucestershire on 9th June 1942:
    85Sqn or 23 & 600Sqns?

    604 Squadron Crashed Blenheim on 26th August 1940:
    Sergeant Albert Lawrence Austin 917258
    Sergeant John Gordon Bowley Fletcher 800635
    Sergeant Cyril Haigh 566171
    Was it Blenheim L6872 or Blenheim L6782?

    Also, several Spitfires that were flown in Australia met their end by...
    What is meant by 'Destroyed on fire dump'?

    I am also looking for information about Squadron Leader T Spencer 350Sqn, who was blown out of his aircraft (Spitfire SM814) at 40-50 feet by rocket attacking ship in Bay of Wismar on 19th April 1945. He actually landed before the aircraft the other half of which crashed on land swam ashore.

    Thanking you
    spitsortie

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    Wakeham....P2957
    ED Baker....P3381
    RD Baker....N2667
    Ridley.....R6633.

    S Archer, not on CWGC.
    Gray...5th Sept.
    Feary.....7th.
    Kirkwood.....8th Nov.
    Roden....16th.
    Hogg....25th.
    Goldsmith....28th.
    Stewart, 11/07/41
    Johnson...30th.

    Cant find a Booth killed on 9/6/42, but F/Sgt G.E. Booth RCAF, was killed on the date 08/11/42, that N3026 was struck off charge
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    Thank you very much for that information - I was quite surprised at the number of conflicts between the publications...
    spitsortie

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    Hi Spitsortie

    If you take a look at the 350 (Belgian) Squadron website of my friend Serge Bonge it gives a short biography of Terry Spencer.

    http://www.350sqn.be/biography/Spencer%20Terence.htm

    Terry Spencer passed away only a short while ago and you should still be able to read the obituaries on several newspapers. I hope they answer your questions about him.

    Here is one from the London Times

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article5688664.ece

    With regard to "destroyed by fire dump" - generally scrapped aircraft were used as aircraft fire practice by the fire crews.

    Hope this helps

    cheers

    Allan
    Allan Hillman

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