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    Default W/O. C N V. Davey 249 Sqd

    A colleague is researching the war losses of Portsmouth and has turned up nothing on the following airman's loss, can anyone please help.

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    Peter

    Name: DAVEY, CYRIL NORMAN VICTOR
    Initials: C N V
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Warrant Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 249Sqdnn.
    Age: 22
    Date of Death: 19/10/1944
    Service No: 1314003
    Additional information: Son of John Edwin and Lilian Martha Davey, ofCoshamm, Portsmouth.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 2. E. 1.
    Cemetery: BELGRADE WAR CEMETERY

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    Hi Peter,

    Three Mustangs were airborne from Brindisi at 0930 on 19 October (1944), flown by Wt Off Davey (KH428), Plt Off R Andrew (a new pilot, in KH530) and Flt Sgt Clarke (KH422), their task to bomb the railway at Amyntaion in northern Greece, and then to strafe roads to the southern end of Lake Ohrid... (after completing their attack) ... they then turned west for base. Over Albania was a thick cloud layer and Clarke lost sight of his companions about 15 miles north-east of Tirana. He made several attempts to call the two pilots, after which he crossed the coast at Lalze Bay and reached Brindisi with the aid of homing directions. Three days later the Squadron received news that Andrew was safe and unhurt. He had baled out when his fuel became exhausted, but of Davey nothing was heard.

    Appendix I - ROLL OF HONOUR - BALKANS.

    19/10/44 - Wt Off C.J.V. DAVEY* - KinA - Mustang III KH428.

    * Wt Off C.N.V. Davey in index (p.285).

    See:
    249 At War:The Authorised History of the RAF's Top-Scoring Fighter Squadron of WWII.
    Cull,Brian.
    London:Grub Street,1997
    pp.190-1 & 264-5

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 12th December 2009 at 07:45. Reason: Minor correction

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    Hi Col,

    Once again many thanks for the comprehensive reply, its much appreciated

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    Default Davey 249 Squadron

    Thanks for the plug, Colin!

    Cheers
    Brian

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