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    Default 421119 - Unaccounted airmen - 19-11-1942 (ME/Med)

    Looking for info on unit, aircraft and cause of death of the following airmen:

    F/O Archibald H. BAKER - 107538 - buried Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery, Algeria.

    Sgt Nigel B.Q. STEEVENSON - 1071855 - 111 Sqn (Bne, Algeria) - commemorated Panel 4 Column 2 of the Malta Air Forces Memorial.

    W/O (Pilot) John R. REBSTOCK - RCAF R/66328 - 213 Sqn (El Adem, Libya) - crashed along the coastal road near El Agheila - first buried El Agheila later reinterred Benghazi War Cemetery.

    Regards and thanks in advance for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk,
    GRO comes up with 'HQ EAC' for Baker.

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    Thanks Alan. Will add this to his file.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Re: Sgt Nigel Basil Quiggin STEEVENSON - 1071855 - 111 Sqn.

    'Fighters Over Tunisia' (pp.58-9), mentions that STEEVENSON (albeit, recorded as Sgt N. B. STEVENSON), was shot down on 17-11-1942. So, possibly looking for a 111 Sqn. Spitfire loss on that date.

    Minor correction on F/O Archibald Holloway BAKER. His service number should read 107539, not 107538, which was allocated to Charles Eric BAILEY (See: LG 11-11-42 p.6510). CWGC error, not yours!

    Col.
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    Hi,

    I have details about the fate of Sgt. N.B.Q. Steevenson.

    An hour after midday on 17 November 1942 the Germans launched a combined attack on Bne harbour, by six FW 190 fighter-bombers of III./Z.G. 2, fifteen Ju 87s of II./St.G. 3, and five Ju 88s of 2./K.G. 60. A fighter escort was provided by J.G. 53 and II./J.G. 51. Spitfires of 111 Squadron intercepted this raid. 2./K.G. 60 lost two Ju 88s (marked P1 + AK and P1 + LK) to British fighters, while a Bf 109 of II./J.G. 53 was shot down by Spitfires. In exchange, Lt. Schiess of the Stab of J.G. 53 claimed a Spitfire shot down at 13:37 over Bne harbour, and the German fighter pilots also claimed three Spitfires damaged. 111 Squadron claimed three Ju 88s and a Bf 109 shot down, as well as two Ju 88s damaged. However, Sgt. N.B. Steevenson of 111 Sqdn was lost during a patrol from Bne airfield.

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    Andrew A.

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    Hello

    W/O (Pilot) John R. REBSTOCK - RCAF R/66328 - his R.C.A.F. records include a copy of a letter from No. 5 Missing Research & Enquiry Unit, dated December 13th 1947, which states:

    Can. R.66328 F/Sgt. Rebsotck, J. R., R.C.A.F.
    Hurricane IIc HL941

    The above named took part with the squadron on a ground strafe of retreating transport near Jedabya, on the 18th November, 1942, According to inforamtion received from the Interanional Red Cross at Geneva, "the above named was shot down near El Aghelia and transported to an Italian Field Hospital, where he died of severe burns, 19.11.1942."


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    Simon

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