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    Hello,

    I am looking for information on the Flying Officer. Hyde A.A. 91 Sqdn. Loss March 9, 1945 in Britanny. Seriously injured.
    I search to know his mission.
    Seriously injured March 9, 1945, rescued by the French, his mother will send a letter to the mayor of the town where he loss with his Spitfire to announce his death in 1947.
    I am looking for his birthplace, a photograph.
    Cordialement,
    Regards,
    Mit freundlichem Gruß,

    Dan

    Association Bretonne du Souvenir Aérien 39-45
    http://www.absa3945.com/

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    Hello Dan

    He's mentioned in Peter Hall's "No 91 'Nigeria' Squadron, published by Osprey, so an easy picking either on the net or in a bookshop. It says about 9th March 1945 that "the Squadron participated in Ramrod 1487, from Maldegem, escorting Lancasters sent to bomb the Dortmund-Ems canal.
    F/O A.G. Hyde, flying Spitfire IX MJ623 and acting as R/T relay, asked Manston control for a homing, and then nothing further was heard from him. The mystery was only partially solved the following day when the squadron learned that he had crash-landed at Rennes, in Brittany. This was on the other side of France, and no once could tell why he was so far off course.
    'Spike' Hyde had suffered serious facial injuries and fractured both his spine and skull during the crash, and the squadron was told that he was unlikely to live, despite the best efforts of the 4389th US Military hospital at Rennes - F/O Hyde did, however, survive."

    Joss

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    Dan,
    The only A.G.Hyde i can find in GRO list that might fit, was born in the quarter of Jan-March 1917, birth registered Epsom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jossleclercq View Post
    Hello Dan

    He's mentioned in Peter Hall's "No 91 'Nigeria' Squadron, published by Osprey, so an easy picking either on the net or in a bookshop. It says about 9th March 1945 that "the Squadron participated in Ramrod 1487, from Maldegem, escorting Lancasters sent to bomb the Dortmund-Ems canal.
    F/O A.G. Hyde, flying Spitfire IX MJ623 and acting as R/T relay, asked Manston control for a homing, and then nothing further was heard from him. The mystery was only partially solved the following day when the squadron learned that he had crash-landed at Rennes, in Brittany. This was on the other side of France, and no once could tell why he was so far off course.
    'Spike' Hyde had suffered serious facial injuries and fractured both his spine and skull during the crash, and the squadron was told that he was unlikely to live, despite the best efforts of the 4389th US Military hospital at Rennes - F/O Hyde did, however, survive."

    Joss
    By any chance does it give F/O Hydes first name ?

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    hello,

    No the book doesn't, otherwise I would have written it. I tried to find a match through the London Gazette online, but with no luck on this case. And no more luck in "flight archive".

    Perhaps a luckier "gazetter" might find it (I usually succeed, but not this time).

    Joss

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    Hello Dan35,

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE - GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH
    Appointment to commission.
    As Plt Offs. on prob. (emergency):-

    Flt Sgts.

    3rd Mar. 1944

    1269976 Alfred Augustine HYDE (174994)

    London Gazette 26 May, 1944 pp.2480-1


    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE - GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH
    Commission relinquished.
    The undermtd. (on account of medical unfitness for Air Force service) retaining their rank:-

    Flg. Offs.:-

    A. A. HYDE (74994)* - 21st Nov. 1945

    London Gazette 30 September, 1945 p.5894

    * Note incorrect service number

    Col.

    See: FCL3/155 for correct initials.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 18th February 2010 at 22:58.

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    Hi

    My little book of words says the spits that 91 were flying were IXBs -what is the difference between that and an IX? I know with the bombers it could be quite a small change but I know literally nothing about spit variants.

    Dee

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    Well so far the only match appears to be this one, but it has him living until 2004, not 1947

    Alfred Augustine Hyde, born 12 Oct. 1922, died April 2004 Wandsworth

    Birth: Alfred A. Hyde, mother Pavely, registered Dec. 1922 West Ham

    Marriage: Alfred G. Hyde & Mary Y. Pavely, March 1921 West Ham

    Anyone any insight is this is our chap ? I'm wondering if the A.A initials Vs A.G initials is Augustine getting shortened to Gus or Gussy ?

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    Well despite very serious injuries it appears Alfred Augustine Hyde survived until 2004. I have spoken with his widow who was delighted to hear about this project, but knows nothing of his service in the RAF. She was a nurse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital who helped in his recovery after he was discharged in 1945. If he was commissioned in 1944 (3rd March) is there any way to find which squadrons he was with ? I know his widows could obtain his service records directly, I just wondered if any sites list Spitfire pilots.


    many thanks

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