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    Default 430131 - Unaccounted airman - 31-1-1943 (Tunisia)

    Looking for GRO-listing and cause of death of F/O (Obs) Leslie H. HUNT - 115605, buried Enfidaville War Cem., Tunisia, whose name I couldn't find in Flight archives.
    CWGC lists him being 277 Squadron but this unit never operated in North Africa.

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    Henk.

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    Henk,
    It's a typo that should read 227sqdn.

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    Henk,

    Re: F/O (Obs.) Leslie Hubert HUNT - 115605.

    Sunday, 31 January 1943

    Four Beaufighters of 227 Squadron flew a shipping strike, attacking three small schooners; a Bf109 was seen to attack a 272 [sic] Squadron Beaufighter. Very heavy flak was encountered from the ships, and from all along the coast from Monastir, Hergla, Bou Ficha and Hamerat. Two Beaufighters crewed by Flt Lt J A Rae/P/O L H Hunt and Sgt A M Reynolds/F/Sgt W D Goff, were shot down; the Germans claimed that a Beaufighter was shot down over a convoy by one of their fighters - possibly the 272 [sic] Squadron aircraft. Ten Mc202s reported attacking six Beaufighters at midday, claiming one probably destroyed, and one possibly destroyed and two damaged.

    See:
    Fighters Over Tunisia.
    Shores,C,Ring,H,. & W N Hess
    London:Neville Spearman,1975
    p.185

    The Beaufighters were from No.227 Squadron.

    CAN J/7684 F/Lt John Archibald RAE RCAF + (Malta Memorial)
    115605 F/O (Obs.) Leslie Hubert HUNT RAFVR + (Enfidaville War Cemetery)

    CAN R/98064 WO2 Arthur Mac REYNOLDS RCAF + (Malta Memorial)
    1257891 F/Sgt (Obs.) Wilfred Oswell GOFF RAFVR + (Malta Memorial)

    Rae's entry in; Those Other Eagles/Shores p.483, also contains several errors.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 7th March 2010 at 17:30.

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