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    Default 421201 - Unaccounted airmen - 1-12-1942 (ME/Med)

    Looking for info on aircraft type/serial of following airmen:

    W/O (Pilot) Kenneth V. LINQUIST - RCAF R/83359 (from U.K.) - 152 Sqn (Souk-el-Arba, Algeria) - missing on patrol over Tunis - buried Medjez-el-Bab War Cem.

    Sgt (Pilot) Albert L. MURRAY - RNZAF NZ414661 - Transfer Maison Blanche to Bne, Algeria. Collided with an aircraft on the ground and caught fire when landing in darkness at 17.45h at Bne (Info from 'For Your Tomorrow' - Vol.1 page 275).

    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk

    LINQUIST is shown as 27 Nov 1942 on CWGC?

    Malcolm

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    Henk,

    Re: LINQUIST.

    Friday, 27 November, 1942.

    On the Allied side, 324 Wing recorded that of five sweeps made, two were badly bounced from cloud cover, but no details of the actual losses were noted. 152 Squadron took part in the first two sweeps, six Spitfires which accompanied 72 Squadron, being jumped south-west of Medjez by between 15 and 20 Bf 109s from 3-4,000 feet above; Sgt K.V.Linquist was shot down.

    See:
    Fighters Over Tunisia.
    Shores,C., Ring,H. & W.N.Hess
    London:Neville Spearman,1975
    p.70

    No further info on Murray, other than what is in FYT.

    Col.

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    Thanks Col. As mentioned in my PM to you will research on ME/Med losses put on the back burner due to minimal info available on a/c serials and hurry up with the "unaccounted" buried in the UK.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi,

    It seems that 152 Squadron was bounced by the Bf 109s of II./J.G. 51. That Gruppe flew a sweep from Bizerta between 08:35 and 09:30, and reported successfully bouncing a squadron of Spitfires near Bja. II./J.G. 51 claimed to have downed six Spitfires, and damaged one. One of the German pilots observed at least two enemy bail outs, and one Spitfire belly-landing.

    Cheers,
    Andrew A.

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    Hello

    W/O (Pilot) Kenneth V. LINQUIST - RCAF R/83359 - his R.C.A.F. Record of Service File has him posted missing on December 1st, but this is amended to November 27th.

    Regards

    Simon

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