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    F/L Whittington Jack , 129509 , from N 127 squadron died on 02/10/1944. He' s buried at the Schoonselhof cemetery in Belgium.Does someone has additional info on this crash ?

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    Hi Alain
    Norman Franks-Fighter Command Losses Vol 3,records that he was flying Spitfire IX,PT772 engaged in Dive Bombing(the target is not specified) and was shot down by Flak near Calais . Unless he was returning to his base it seems that, from the reference to Calais, he was attacking targets in the small area of N France that remained in German hands until the end of the War as by then the bulk of the active Front Line was well into Holland and caught in the stalemate that followed Operation Market Garden.
    Vol2 of 2nd TAF by Christopher Shores and Chris Thomas confirms Whittington's loss but has no details on targets
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    Alain/Dick

    This is what I have regarding the death of F/L Whittington.

    Spitfire IX PT772 9N C Dive Bombing
    Took off at 1050 hrs from B.57, Lille Nord, France tasked with dive bombing enemy gun positions near to Breda, Holland. F/Lt Whittington failed to return and was posted as missing. It is believed that his aircraft was hit by Flak in the target area. F/Lt Whittington is buried at Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium.

    It is likley that Franks is incorrect with the reference to Flak in the Calais area.
    The German Garrison at Calais surrendered to the Allies on 1 October 1944.
    The 127 sqn F540 lists the location of the target as being D.94. This is near Breda.
    For some reason the 127 Squadron F541 refers to Calais but this is incorrect. This is probably where Franks gete the reference to Calais.
    The 84 Group ORB's also refer to dive bombing op in the Breda area in support of the Polish Army advance.

    His body were not found until May 1948.

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    Andy

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    Thaks gentleman for the help

    Alain12

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