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    Hello Everyone,

    I'm very new to this site, and it has been suggested by members of the Rootsweb and BOB forums, that a kind member of this site might be able to tell me more about my friend's father.

    He was Edwin John Forgan Grant, born in MidLothian (Edinburgh), in 1920. He was with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 600 Sqdn. He died on 01.12.1941, when his plane went down over the Channel. It was just one month before my friend was born. His service no. was 749872.

    From the 'Casualty Details' we have discovered the names of his parents. He was the husband of Jean Marie.

    I've also been able to find out a little about the 600 squadron and the Blenheims, but wondered if there was anything else I could tell my friend about her father.

    Obviously, she did not know him, and sadly there is no family member left to ask.

    Thank you to all taking the time to read this.

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    Hi Helen
    From a book RAF Squadrons ,by C G Jefford, at the time your friends father was lost 600 Sqn had changed aircraft to Bristol Beaufighters and were operating out of Predannack in Cornwall. The Beaufighter carried just a pilot and a navigator and were extensively used for anti-shipping strikes using cannon and rockets right around the coast of Europe.
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    Hi Helen

    From: Gentlemen in Blue: 600 Squadron by Hans Onderwater

    "The Luftwaffe sent large four-engined FW200 Condors out over the Atlantic to broadcast weather forcasts to Germany. One of the tasks of No 600 at Predannack was to try and intercept these aircraft, thus robbing the Germans of valuable weather information. During one of these "milk train" runs F/L Fletcher and his R/O Sgt Grant experienced severe icing. One engine stopped and the Beaufighter had to be ditched. A search by air-sea rescue Lysanders, escorted by Spitfires of 66 Squadron failed to find the dinghy. For the crew the worst was feared. One body washed ashore much later" (page 154)

    His entry in "The Men of the Battle of Britain" doesn't add much more detail except that he joined the RAFVR in May 1939 as Airman u/t (under-training) Aircrew. Then he joined 600 Squadron on 18th July 1940.

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    RAF Fighter Command Losses Vol 1 By Franks has

    for this

    1/12/1941 - Beaufighter II Serial R2275. Interception. Lost an engine and ditched off Land End, am, Pilots body later washed ashore

    Pilot F/Lt J G Fletcher AFC Killed
    Sgt E J F Grant Killed

    Prehaps somone here can dig up the citation for the AFC of the pilot

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    Thank you Paul, Amrit and Dick. I'll pass on all the information to my friend. She'll be really pleased you all managed to dig something up.

    Thanks a bunch!

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    Hi Helen

    It maybe well worth getting hold of the Squadron ORB for the periods May 1940 to December 1941, as he appears to have spent his entire service time there. The ORB may through more light on the missions he went on etc (which must have been quite a few over those 18 months)

    I'm sure another member can give you the relevant file numbers for the National Archives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amrit View Post
    Hi Helen

    It maybe well worth getting hold of the Squadron ORB for the periods May 1940 to December 1941, as he appears to have spent his entire service time there. The ORB may through more light on the missions he went on etc (which must have been quite a few over those 18 months)

    I'm sure another member can give you the relevant file numbers for the National Archives.

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    The reference is AIR27/2059 [i.e. the ORB for all of 1940.

    Errol

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    Hi Errol and Amrit, thanks for the additional info. Really appreciate your time and knowledge. All the best, Helen.

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