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    HECTOR, Charles William. Sergeant 917130,
    235 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
    Died 15th June 1942. Aged 26.
    Son of Frederick E. and Maud E. Hector, of Burrowbridge, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on MALTA MEMORIAL, Malta. Panel 4, Column 1.

    Can anyone throw any light on why 235 Squadron seem to have been based in UK but this chap was commemorated on the Malta Memorial. I don't think the Beaufighter had quite that range!

    There are 3 others lost that day on the Malta Memorial, all from 69 Squadron, which had Marylands and switched to reconnaissance Spitfires about that time. So, was Sgt Hector "on loan" to 69? Was he lost in a 235 Beaufighter, as part of a 69 Maryland crew or in a Spitfire on his own, or what? The circumstances of his loss would be appreciated!

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Hello,

    Monday, 15 June, 1942

    This section of Spitfires had started out as escort to the three remaining servicable Albacores which were to carry out a further strike, accompanied by a single Beaufighter of 235 Squadron - X8078 crewed by Sgts C. Armitage and C.W. Hector - but had become separated...

    Sgt Armitage's Beaufighter was shot down (his observer losing his life) by the Reggiane leader, Ten. Giorgio Gasperoni.

    See:
    Malta:The Spitfire Year 1942
    Shores,C,Cull,B & N.Malizia
    London:Grub Street,1991
    pp.343-4

    Col.

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    Much obliged Col, for fast response.

    I couldn't find reference to 235 serving in Malta, how long were they there, please.

    Many thanks for this helpful information!! Appreciated.

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    Like you, I could find no evidence of 235 Sqn being at Malta in the standard references - Jefford etc.

    Here is what Shores & Co. (p.311) have to say:

    Wednesday, 10 June (1942)

    During Wednesday Malta was to see a sudden increase in its offensive potential, pending an attempt to run major convoys through to the Island. Fifteen Beaufighters of 235 Squadron had been detached from Coastal Command in the United Kingdom and had flown to Gibraltar. Led by the commanding officer, Wg Cdr H J Garlick, a dozen of these set out for the long flight to Malta, all but one arriving safely; X8076 had been lost en route, ditching 20 miles east of Cape Bon. It is uncertain if this aircraft had been intercepted by Bf109s from Sicily or Pantellaria, but Plt Off G R Stead and Sgt J Cockshott were both lost, the latter's body being recovered from the sea.

    Thursday, 20 August (1942) (p.522)

    The ships were seen off the toe of Italy early on the 20th by a 69 squadron Spitfire (BR431 flown by Plt Off Colquhoun), and a strike was at once despatched. This comprised ten Beauforts, led by Wg Cdr Gibbs (AW296/B), and a dozen Beaufighters of 227 squadron - a unit newly formed from the survivors of the detachments of 235, 248 and 252 Squadrons still on Malta.

    Now, what do you make of that?

    Col.
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    Had a look in my sqns book and it says nothing about Malta... It says they were stationed at Docking, Norfolk from 31/05/42 to 16/07/42 whereupon they moved to Chivenor and stayed there till 21/01/43. They were it says flying Beaufighter VI. It does say they were flying anti sub patrols so were they maybe detached to reinforce Malta?
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    What does the RAF Overseas GRO Index say about his unit ??

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    Hi Paul,

    Good idea.

    Whoever is doing the job should also check the following:

    13-6-1942
    No.235 Sqn
    Beaufighter T5006

    J/4601 P/O (Pilot) John Phipps DONCASTER RCAF+
    1100851 Sgt(Obs.) William White WEBSTER +

    Col.
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    Armitage and Hector were on an escort mission for Swordfish.

    Aircraft coded LA-M, took off at 15:00 hrs.

    Crew for T5006 is correct for No.235 Sqn.
    Stalled off turn while on air test and dived into the ground at Hal Far.


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    Was ARMITAGE (Beaufighter X8078) rescued from the sea and/or PoW ?
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    Ross,

    According to Shores (pp.343-4), Armitage and Hector were escorting Albacores, one of which was shot down. The crew were Sub Lt Cyril Casey* and Lt William Paton, both of whom were killed. Sub Lt Reg Elliott's damaged aircraft (Albacore X9029), survived sufficiently for him to engage one of the floatplanes as they departed.

    2 Gruppo pilots identified the attack force as comprising five 'Swordfish'.

    Lt W D Winterbottom, with the new CO (Lt W E Lashmore) as his observer, led the attack.

    * In the index (p.689), Casey's unit is quoted as 828/830 Sqn.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 4th February 2010 at 16:21.

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