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    F/Sgt Ronald A. HARVEY - 1287051, 227 Sqn (Idku, Egypt) was killed 26-4-1943 and lies buried in the Phaleron War Cem. near Athens, Greece.
    227 Sqn lost this day EL431 and JL639 over the Aegean.
    Looking for more info on both aircraft serials.
    I've on the book-shelf "Air War for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete 1940-41" (Shores/Cull/Malizia). Did ever a book appear on the market covering the war years 1942 and 1943 for these countries ??
    Regards and thanks for your help.
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    On 26 April (1943), Wing Commander MacKenzie led three Beaufighters of 227 Squadron from Gambut on a strike against a large schooner off the eastern coast of the Greek mainland, setting it on fire. But an aircraft flown by Sergeant Ronald A. Harvey struck the mast of the vessel and plunged into the sea. Harvey and his navigator, Pilot Officer Walter H. Fisher, lost their lives. Another aircraft failed to return from this sortie but the crew, Flying Officer A.G. 'Tommy' Deck and Pilot Officer G. W. Ridley, managed to make their way to Turkey. They returned to the squadron on 8 June, after a brief period of internment.

    See:
    The Armed Rovers:Beauforts & Beaufighters over the Mediterranean.
    Nesbit,Roy C.
    Shrewsbury:Airlife,1995.
    pp.160-1

    No serials mentioned.

    Col.

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    Thanks Col. "The Armed Rovers" (Nesbit) also on my book-shelf; indeed without a/c serial numbers. For the time being his name back on my long list of airmen unaccounted for.
    Regards,
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    Col,
    Air Britain Serials EA100-EZ999 (newest edition) for EL431:
    Crashed in sea off Bodrum, Turkey, after reconnaissance over Aegean.
    Must have been crew F/O A.G. ('Tommy') DECK and P/O G.W. RIDLEY, who after a brief internment returned to their unit 8-6-1943.
    This means that HARVEY and FISHER manned JL639 that hit the mast of a large schooner (caique) over the Aegean E of Greece.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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