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    Default 124 Sqn Spitfire loss - 19 Aug '42

    Sgt (later W/O) J. B. Shanks RAF was apparently shot down in air combat over Dieppe and crash landed his Spitfire V, subsequently becaming a POW in Camp 344 at Lamsdorf. Does anyone please have the a/c serial number, the first names of Sgt Shanks or the circumstances surrounding his loss i.e. who shot him down etc?

    Here's hoping!

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    BR588 (Greatest Air Battle - Norman Franks)

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    Hi Jonny,

    My money is on Spitfire VI BR575.

    Col.

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    BR575 missing 421 (!) Sqn 19-8-1942 but not in 421 Sqn ORB (from latest edition BA100-BZ999).

    Henk.

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    http://www.spitfires.ukf.net/p030.htm

    it must be a typo on the hisotry for BR575, 421 in error for 124.

    BR575 VI 2967 EA M47 FF 21-5-42 5MU 23-5-42 421S 19-7-42 Missing over Dieppe 19-8-42

    BR588 VI 3002 EA M47 FF 31-5-42 6MU 2-6-42 124S 21-8-42 616S 26-6-43 FACB 8-9-43 39MU nea 23-12-43 SOC 4-45

    Were 421 Sqn not based in South Wales at this time and were they active at Dieppe? Or were they transferred to Ibsley Hampshire per Ross's lists on this site.
    http://www.rafcommands.com/Fighter/421F.html

    The history above for BR588 is too long and varied to be in error, I would imagine.
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    Hello Henk,

    According to Mr Franks (The Greatest Air Battle pp.222-5), No.421 Sqn did not operate over Dieppe on 19-8-1942. Several sources (including Kostenuk & Griffin in RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft p.115), attest to the fact that 421 never operated Mark VI Spitfires.

    421 - 124 ? Such transposition errors are not unknown in official records.

    For the time being, I'll let my bet ride.

    Col.

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    Thanks for taking the time to reply, gentlemen.

    I am erring on the side of Spitfire VI BR575, but will try and confirm when I finally get back to the TNA next year!

    Rgds

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    Gents,

    Sgt J.B. Shanks (from 124 Sqn) was shot down by a 'Fw190' whilst flying Spitfire VI BR588. This was during his second sortie of the day in the same aircraft according to the 124 Sqn ORB.

    421 Sqn did not take part in operation Jubilee, but had been deployed to Ibsley to cover the deployment of three squadrons from that base which did take part in the raid. During the day 421 Sqn flew eleven air defence sorties but had no contact/losses.

    Regards,

    Steve

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    Thanks Steve.
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    Wasn't it BR575 ?
    Air Britain (latest edition) for BR588:
    124/616 - to storage 23.12.43 (no further trace).
    Regards,
    Henk.

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