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    Default Beaufighter T5251 lost on 19 August 1942

    Hello, still updating my database, and another Beaufighter found with few data.

    On 19 August 1942, the Beaufighter T5251 of 236 Sqn RAF went missing with one crew, F/Sgt Raymond Cyril Frederick Charlton, commemorated on Runnymede Memorial.

    I would like to know at least the area of the loss, and the sub-type of the Beaufighter, and if possible the circumstances of the loss and what happened to the other crew.

    Thanks in advance

    Laurent

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    Hi,

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    F/Sgt A Noilectre FAFL (Jean Lecointre)

    Took off to escort destroyer, last seen making a change of track at 10:55 hrs
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    To add to Ross'entry:
    Adj Jean LECOINTRE - svcnr 30163 (alias André NOILECTRE - created out of real name)
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    Thanks to both of you,

    With your replies, I found Noilectre/Lecontre in the book "Aviateurs de la liberté"

    Jean Lecointre
    Born 23 Oct 1920 at Suévres, Loir-et-Cher. Volunteer for service on 16 Jan 1940, student pilot at Morlaix school in June 1940, boarded the fishing fessel Le Trébouliste at Douaernenez on 19 June 1940 and arrived in ENgland, where he enlisted in the FAFL (Free French Air Force). Training in the French-Belgian school of Odiham (from Nov 1940), then at 11 SFTS from April to July 1941, and then at 3(C) OTU. Joined 143 Sqn in April 1942, then 236 Sqn in May.

    Regarding the loss of the Beaufighter this loss indicates that Lecointre anc Charlton were lost at sea the day of the Dieppe landing, but their loss was not related to the operation.

    As 236 Sqn was based at the time in Oulton, Norfolk, I guess that the Beaufighter was lost over the North Sea off the East coast of England.

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