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    Default Capt. Clayton, 126 Sqn., October 1944

    Can anyone please identify a "Captain Clayton" of 126 Squadron, who failed to return from Ramrod 1347 to Krupp Werke, Essen, on 25 October 1944?

    He had engine trouble and was believed safe, landed on the Conintent.

    Could someone please give me a forename and possibly tell me where he landed?

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    Steve
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    Hello,

    The rank of Captain makes me think he may have been a member of the South African Air Force. Several S.A.A.F. fighters pilots were flying in the 2nd T.A.F. at the time (in No. 33 Squadron for example, but in other Squadrons as well). Otherwise a U.S. pilot "in exchange"...

    Joss

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    Steve,
    No CLAYTON in "85 Years of SAAF" - no CLAYTON in SAAF-section PoW-register. There is a F/Lt F.T. CLAYTON - RAF 89320 (PoW L3-3679) in the PoW-register; not in my files.
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    Henk.

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    Hi Joss and Henk

    Thanks for your input. Hmm, harder than I thought. I had no luck on Google, found several Claytons on Ross' POW register but without sufficient info to identify him as 'mine', and there's no Captain Clayton on the CWGC website.

    The reference comes from two sources:

    (i) The 11 Group ORB, which states, "Capt. Clayton of 126 Squadron Missing from Ramrod 1347 - due to engine trouble.", and

    (ii) The 11 Group ORB Appendix, which states, "Capt. CLAYTON N.Y.R." and "Capt. CLAYTON also engine trouble, last heard under 483 G.C.C. ...presumed safe."

    Does anyone have the 126 Squadron or Bradwell Bay ORBs? I assume as this was NDEA it does not appear in Franks' FCL?

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    In case anyone thinks N.Y.R is initial I believe it means Not Yet Returned

    483 GCC is 483 Group Control Centre

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    How about

    Capt J Clayton SAAF #102339

    Yep its him....


    Clayton, Capt, John 102339V, 6 Sqn 3.42/4.7.43 71 OTU 8/10.43 126 Sqn RAF 17.2.44-2.45


    Spource~: Springbok Fighter Victory: East Africa, 1940-1941 By Michael Schoeman

    I think he called himself 'Jack' and his second inital is an A
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    Steve
    I have a copy of the ORB if you want more info but I think your question has been answered.
    Cheers
    Andy

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    Hi Paul, thanks very much for this confirmation of his forename.

    Hi Andy, thanks for letting me know you have the ORB. Could you please confirm the location Clayton came down?

    Thanks
    Steve
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