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    Hi.
    601sqn combat report in handwritten English scrawl describes shooting down of 1 ME109 6-9-40. Over Mayfield (Sussex).
    I am interested if anyone could help identify the pilot please, I cant find anything on the web(leader of yellow section)

    Ends with 'I the returned to base', so NOT Topolniki


    Many thanks, Dave

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    According to the Fighter Command Victory Claims, Vol 1, F/L R B Robinson of 601 Sqdn made three claims for Me109s near Mayfield on the 6th.

    You could download the report for 3.50 to compare:

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=7751996&queryType=1&resultcount =3

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    Thanks Amrit I came to the same conclusion 90462 Peter Beverley Robinson, by all accounts survived the war at least.

    I see this book by Foreman ws only published 6 years ago. I should try and get a copy.

    I did the same as you by going through Kenneth Wynn's 'Men of the BoB'

    So not 100% but likely Robinson

    Not sure where the 109/pilot fell...but 'AC casuaties in Kent' would be worth a peek by Baldwin Owen & Baxter (its quite shortwinded)

    Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by david cullen View Post

    Ends with 'I the returned to base', so NOT Topolniki
    Of course, because his name was TOPOLNICKI. Juliusz, by the way ;)

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    Sure Ive read it correctly but still spelt it wong.
    He got 2 Me's that day, and was admitted to Leeds Castle in Kent which had been converted into a military hospital.
    After baling out over Sutton Valence, T. said' I was unhurt except for my wounds'
    Really valiant effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by david cullen View Post
    Really valiant effort.
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    Sorry?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter S View Post
    Sorry?????
    Don't be sorry.
    I'm sure David didn't mean you.

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    Robinsons claim appears to be 5/JG27 ME109E-4 (2762).
    Crashed at Banks farm, Tudeley. 0920hrs. Fw Braun baling out unhurt.

    Topolnickis claim's' included on this day (6-9-40):
    ME Bf109E-4 (5044) at Plumtree farm, Headcorn 0900. Lt M Himmelheber baled out wounded. There are remains at Lashenden mus.

    Peter, I was commending T's bravery, his understated condition, after splinters had wounded him.

    'I landed on top of a tree near Sutton Valence but was unhurt apart from my wounds'
    His '2nd' claim 'destroyed' was scored after the injuries from splinters.

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    The F/Lt Robinson refered to with 601 sqdn is Michael Robinson, later W/Cmdr and killed in 1942/3.

    Regards,,

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    hello,

    To follow on Ian's message, Michael Lister Robinson, according to "Aces High", claimed a Bf-109E on 6th September 1940. He was flying Hurricane I P3675 coded UF-S, location of the claim is given at North [of] Mayfield. He was indeed with No. 601 Squadron at the time, was posted to No. 238 Squadron at the end of the month, still as a flight commander, but promoted to Squadron Leader and given the command of No. 609 Squadron. He remained C.O. until the end of July 1941 when he became Biggin Hill Wing leader, but he was declared "tour expired" about a month later.

    He was lost on 10th April 1942, as Tangmere wing leader, together with his long-time friend Free French Maurice Choron, most probably fallen in the Channel.

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    Last edited by jossleclercq; 28th January 2010 at 11:44. Reason: typo : 1940 instead of 1941 obviously, as Ian reported

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