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    Default Proctor accident on 4th May 1944, F/O BEATTY RCAF

    hello,

    I'm looking for the serial number of the Proctor in which F/O BEATTY, RCAF, lost his life on 4th May 1944. According to the CWGC he was :
    Name: BEATTY, GEORGE DAVID
    Initials: G D
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Age: 24
    Date of Death: 04/05/1944
    Service No: J/8077
    Additional information: Son of William Alexander and Eva Mary Beatty; husband of Marian Louise Beatty, of Lindsay, Ontario, Canada.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. A. Grave 629.
    Cemetery: CHESTER (BLACON) CEMETERY

    He was belonging to No. 4 Radio School, and the wireless operator, a Frenchman, was also killed in this crash.

    Can someone with "They Shall Grow not Old" or other sources can give the serial number, and possibly additional details ?

    Thanks in advance

    Joss

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    It was Proctor II Z7217 of 4 RS. Broke up recovering from dive, Coleford, Gloucestershire.
    (From THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD and the Air-Britain ROYAL AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT W1000-Z9999).
    Ian Macdonald

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    hello Ian,

    Thanks for this speedy and precise answer.

    Cheers

    Joss

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    Who was the French airman incidently?

    Was it an Andre Sterckman, age 26?
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 20th December 2009 at 04:05.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    hello Dennis,

    Indeed he was Second Maitre (it's a French Navy NCO rank) André Julien STERCKMAN.

    I asked the question of behalf of Lucien Morareau, a French expert in French Navy up to WW2, who asks me to thank Ian again for his speedy answer.

    Joss

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    Joss,
    Do you know matricule and burial location of 2nd Maitre STERCKMAN ?
    Regards,
    Henk.

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