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    Looking for info of crew lost of four Beaufighters of 272 Squadron 8-5-1943.

    X7750 - shot down by MC.202 off Cape Granitola, Italy.
    X7759 - shot down by MC.202 off Cape Granitola.
    EL274 - shot down off Granitola.
    EL529 - crashed in rough sea about 25 miles N of Kalafrana, Malta.

    For X7759 in my files:
    P/O (Pilot) Roland A. COSSETTE - RCAF J/17045 (from USA) - Malta Memorial Panel 10 Column 2, and
    F/Sgt (Nav) Arthur W. JOHNSON - 1338492 - Malta Memorial Panel 7 Column 2.

    For EL529 in my files:
    P/O (Pilot) Frederick A. DUQUETTE - RCAF J/17243 - Alamein Memorial Column 271.

    Strange that crew of same unit and lost same date, based at Luqa, Malta, are commemorated on memorials on Malta and in Egypt !

    Regards and thanks in advance for your answer,
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk

    X7750
    Cossette

    EL274
    Frazee/Steele

    EL529 Duquette/Johnson

    There is a current thread on 12 O'clock high by a relative of Duquette with indepth research

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    Thanks Ross.

    Yes, I'm aware of the thread on TOCH. Tricked by Allison in his 'They Shall Grow Not Old' where is listed on page 144 for P/O Roland Adelore COSSETTE - J17045:
    From Alpha, Michigan, USA. Beaufighter "X7759" was shot down ten miles off Sicily. The RAF navigator, "F/Sgt A.W. JOHNSON", was also killed.

    Air Britain has "X7759" as being 272 Sqn and shot down by MC.202s off Cape Granitola, Sicily.

    Furthermore:
    Cossette and Johnson are both commemorated on the Malta Memorial; Duquette is on the Alamein Memorial (no second crewmember mentioned by Allison in his TSGNO on page 202) !

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    Henk,

    I believe COSSETTE's navigator was, 1375224 Sgt (Nav.) Reginald Grosvenor FLETCHER RAFVR.

    FLETCHER, is incorrectly listed on the CWGC with a date of death of 5-5-1943.

    FLETCHER, along with COSSETTE, are both listed in Flight July 15,1943 p.79. Cas. Comm. No.254, as MISSING, and both are on the Malta Memorial.

    Fighters Over Tunisia (pp.372-3), seems to confirm this.

    Col.
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    Could be Col. Although not a 'scanning' mistake as already in the printed version of the Malta Memorial register edition 1982 Fletcher is listed as 5-5-1943.
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    Henk,

    I checked my 1954! edition of the Malta Memorial Register, that also read 5-5-43.

    I can't find any corresponding No.272 losses to match up with Fletcher on 5-5-43.

    Here is what Chris Shores et al have to say:

    Saturday, 8 May 1943.

    While the attack on Pantellaria was under way, Four Beaufighters of 272 Squadron took off at 1025 with bombs, to sweep to Cap Bon from Malta. At 1325 south-east of Cap Granitola two MC202s bounced the British aircraft and eight more crossed the coast to join the fight. One Beaufighter crewed by P/O D W Frazee/Sgt J Steele, was shot down and hit the sea, blowing up; another, flown by P/O R Cossette/Sgt R G Fletcher was seen heading for Sicily with eight MC202s after it, and a huge column of water was then seen to shoot up; this aircraft did not return. The other two escaped after numerous attacks, Wg.Cdr Buchanan's observer, F/O Thynne, damaging one Macchi with his Vickers gas-operated gun which was fitted in the observer's hatch.

    See:
    Fighters Over Tunisia.
    Shores,C.,Ring,H, & W N Hess.
    London:Neville Spearman,1975
    pp.372-3

    Col.
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    Col et all,
    I put FLETCHER on X7750 with a note that CWGC lists date of death 5-5-1943 what probably might be incorrect. No sence to inform CWGC as they will answer that this is what they got from the authorities and I've to come up with an official document showing them that FLETCHER was on X7750 and lost 8-5-1943.
    Still a question mark left for X7759 as mentioned by Allison in 'They Shall Grow Not Old' uder COSSETTE on page 144 and Air Britain Serials.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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