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    What was the unit of F/O John Stanley BRIGGS - RAAF 414755 who was killed 30-3-1944 on Kittyhawk AL123 and lies buried in the Moascar War Cem., Egypt.
    Air Britain has for AL123: 260/450 - Engine cut; bellylanded near LG.99, 22.8.42, NFT and SOC 1.4.44. Still with 450 Squadron ?
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    Hi Henk,

    I checked the ORB of No. 450 Sq RAAF available online but there is no mention of him in Form 540 or 541 on 30.3.44 and also the unit was already based at LG Cutella in Italy...

    Pavel
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    Also in the same archive - National Archives of Australia - there is his file but unfortunately not digitized yet.

    It reads:

    A705 166/6/462 BRIGGS, John Stanley - (Flying Officer); Service Number - 414755; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Kittyhawk AL123; Place - Abu Sueir; Date - 30 March 1944

    BR

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    But finally I found him on the 3rd attempt:)

    According to this site http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/person.asp?p=553332 he was member of No. 73 OTU I think.

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    Henk,

    30-3-1944
    No.73 OTU
    Kittyhawk I AL123

    Kittyhawk I AL123 took off from RAF Abu Sueir and crashed at 1000 hrs seven miles south of the airfield. The aircraft had developed a glycol leak and dived steeply towards the ground. The aircraft recovered from the dive from 3,500 ft, but did so too harshly. The aircraft power stalled and struck the ground after completing the first spiral of a spin.

    AUS414755 F/O John Stanley BRIGGS RAAF +

    Storr: Operational Training Units. Vol.22. p.544 of 591.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col & Pavel. What was aspected as 450 Sqn was in Italy and a/c SOC two days after accident and death of pilot.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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