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    I'm doing research into Old Boys of my school who died in WW2 and one in particular is causing a few problems.

    His name was Robert Sims WATSON of 252 Squadron who died 8th December 1942 and who is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

    I have two potential clues from school magazines of the time.

    One is a War correspondent report mentioning his attack with another aircraft on El Adem aerodrome resulting in ten Junkers 52s being immobilised. Sadly no date.

    The other is his obituary which talks of him 'last seen 75 miles from Benghazi, flying alone'.

    Any information would be very welcome

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    Hi,

    He was pilot of Beaufighter coded A for Apple.

    P/O R S Watson
    Sgt G D Hudson

    Took off from Berka 2 for a Convoy Escort.
    Last seen in combat with Ju88s. Both men are commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

    I do not have the aircraft serial number noted at the present.

    Earlier on the 30th Oct 1942 he abandoned another Beaufighter T5110.

    P/O R S Watson
    Sgt G D Hudson

    Op: Ground Strike, RAF Edku, Took off 15:55 hrs
    Abandoned out of fuel due to radio and compasses u/s after electrical storm 12 miles north west of Domanhur at 22:25 hrs.

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    Hello Hugh,

    A.

    30 October, 1942

    Five Beaufighters of No.252 Squadron attacked El Adem airfield, seeing 12 Ju 52s and two or three MC 202s on the ground. Four Ju 52s were destroyed, two more being seen coming in to land; both were shot down.

    B.

    8 December, 1942

    Beaufighters of 252 Squadron were engaged in combat with some Ju 88s of III./KG 76 over a convoy off the coast, the aircraft flown by P/O Watson/Sgt Hudson failing to return. Sgt Kernaghan claimed one Ju 88, but his fighter was damaged, and he crash-landed at base.

    See:
    Fighters over the Desert.
    Shores,C & H.Ring.
    London:Neville Spearman,1969.
    A. p.199
    B. p.213

    Col.
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    Thanks to both

    Hugh

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    Ross,
    Could 8-12-1942 be correct for 252 Sqn ? I can't find a loss on this date for 252 Sqn, however two losses on 6-12-1942: a Mk.IC T5045 missing from sweep and a Mk.VI ditched 3 miles off Libyan coast.
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    Hi Henk,

    The two losses of the 6th Dec have recorded crews:

    T5045
    S/L A D Frecker DFC
    P/O T Armstrong
    Sgt P Clarke

    Tasked with straffing from 31 13N 16 18E westwards for 25 miles. Turned inland very steeply and was not seen again from attack on road transport near Sirte. Returned after 14 days behind enemy lines after being picked up by a British armoured car patrol. Sgt Clark was a fitter and took photographs of the downed aircraft before the trek out.

    T5137

    W/C P H Bragg
    F/O E G Nichols
    Tasked with straffing from 31 13N 16 18E eastwards to Sirte. Damaged by flak attacking Derna, seen to veer to port and ditched 3 miles west of Sirte. Both crew seen in dinghy. F/O Nichols is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

    The date of 8th and crew for A is correct just needs a bit of elimination to get the serial..or which squadron the aircraft was borrowed from..

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    Hello,

    One of the photographs of Beaufighter T5045 taken by the fitter, appears on pp.42-3 of Chaz Bowyer's, Beaufighter at War (Ian Allan,1976).

    Col.

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    Thanks Ross. For 12-8-1942 I've SOC T5174 of 272 Sqn. Could this be the serial you're looking for ?

    Henk.

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    My late father in law was a NAV in 252 Sqn flying with a US/RAF pilot named Fl Lt McMills. It is a pity we cannot add attachments as i have my late father in laws Log and I have uploaded a number of pages on their Beufighter activities in the Med and Malta/ Egypt etc in 1942. If you want me to send you the Log extracts happy for you to contact me on wgl@btopenworld.com

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