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    Hi all,

    can anyone tell me how this airman lost his life please on the 15th April 1944 while serving with 601 Squadron? Also does anyone know when and where his two claims for enemy aircraft occurred?

    Thanks, Tom

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    Hello Tom,

    There's a bio in Those Other Eagles (pages 171-172). He was a Belgian citizen, born in Cairo, Egypt on 1 November 1920, remaining resident in that country until 1940. He traveled to UK in November, arriving there in January 1941 and joined the R.A.F. (V.R.) on 19th March.

    After several operational postings, he was posted to No. 601 Squadron in september 1943, in Italy.
    "On 15th May 1944 [not 15th April] he took off in Spitfire VIII JG258 from Venafro airfield to undertake an air test. As soon as he had go into into the air, he appeared to encounter problems, turning at once to land again, but crashed and was killed. He was buried in Monte-Cassino Military Cemetery, but after the war he was reburied in Brussels City Cemetery, Evere, Belgium.

    He had two Bf-109 destroyed to his tally, one on 3rd December 1943, in Pescara area. He was flying Spitfire Vc MA880 and this was the Squadron 200th victory. The other was claimed on 7th May 1944, flying Spitfire VIII JF750, over Anzio.

    I see the CWGC entry is 15th April 1944, but TOE gives 15th May 1944, and credit him with a victory on 7th May ! I leave it to others more documented about Italian air war...

    Hope this helps

    Joss
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    Quote Originally Posted by jossleclercq View Post
    Hello Tom,

    There's a bio in Those Other Eagles (pages 171-172). He was a Belgian citizen, born in Cairo, Egypt on 1 November 1920, remaining resident in that country until 1940. He traveled to UK in November, arriving there in January 1941 and joined the R.A.F. (V.R.) on 19th March.

    After several operational postings, he was posted to No. 601 Squadron in september 1943, in Italy.
    "On 15th May 1944 [not 15th April] he took off in Spitfire VIII JG258 from Venafro airfield to undertake an air test. As soon as he had go into into the air, he appeared to encounter problems, turning at once to land again, but crashed and was killed. He was buried in Monte-Cassino Military Cemetery, but after the war he was reburied in Brussels City Cemetery, Evere, Belgium.

    He had two Bf-109 destroyed to his tally, one on 3rd December 1943, in Pescara area. He was flying Spitfire Vc MA880 and this was the Squadron 200th victory. The other was claimed on 7th May 1944, flying Spitfire VIII JF750, over Anzio.

    I see the CWGC entry is 15th April 1944, but TOE gives 15th May 1944, and credit him with a victory on 7th May ! I leave it to others more documented about Italian air war...

    Hope this helps

    Joss
    Have on file that JG258 crashed 11.05 hrs; first burial location Monte Cassino was 12.J.20, reburial date 19-7-1961.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Joss that is great stuff and just what i was after, thanks very much! Thanks also Henk for the extra details. I might just check his date of death in the ORB next time i'm at Kew.

    Cheers, Tom

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