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    1. 9 Apr: HARDY, KEITH LOCKHART (R/72509) RCAF - age Unknown - according to TSGNO he was killed in Hudson AE534 of 1444 Flt along with five others and is commemorated at Malta. However according to A-B book, AE538 was not written off until 6 May 1942 in Khartoum. Can anyone clear this one up?

    2. The list below were all lost on 14 Apr in Beauforts of No 39 Sqn: -

    PAYNE, NORMAN AUSTIN (R/56073) RCAF - age 21 - N1169
    BEVERIDGE, ROBERT GRAHAM WEBSTER (86337) RAFVR - age 25 - N1169
    SEDDON, ROBERT BARON (89833) RAFVR - age 21 - N1186
    KEEGAN, THOMAS BERNARD (986282) RAFVR - age 28 - N1186
    BEE, DEREK ALAN RAIKES (89073) RAFVR - age Unknown - X8923
    BACON, THOMAS JOHN (755229) RAFVR - age 26
    WHITE, FRANK HOWARD (755539) RAFVR - age 21
    BRYANT, CLIFFORD HENRY (911395) RAFVR - age 20
    NASH, HAROLD JOSEPH REGINALD (955047) RAFVR - age 23
    FOX, GEORGE STANLEY (1152586) RAFVR - age 22
    MILLER, ALEXANDER (992624) RAFVR - age Unknown

    I believe the first five were in the aircraft indicated but can anyone idicate which aircraft the others were in?

    3. HOCKNULL, DAVID (1119809) RAFVR - age 25 was he aboard Lysander, V9793 on 15 Apr?

    4. LISLE, JOHN BROWNE (R/67604) RCAF - age 21 was killed on 20 Apr with 30 Sqn. According to TSGNO he was flying JG?91, however all the JG serials were allocated to Spitfire V and VIIIs, anyone have analternative?

    5. RYCKMAN, GEORGE ALBERT JACK (J/15260) RCAF - age 22 - 126 Sqn, he was shot down on 20 Apr, does anyone have an identity for his Spitfire?

    6. 27 Apr - the two below possibly collided whilst flyignSpitfire VB, BL442 and AB401 of 65 Sqn: -
    HASLETT, FREDERICK SPEED (80143) RAFVR - age 30
    GRANTHAM, TOM GORDON (80281) RAFVR - age 19

    Does anyone know which flying which aircraft?

    7. 27 Apr - WALKER, ARTHUR (R/84047) RCAF - age 19 was killed on this date with 416 Sqn, TSGNO states he was in Spitfire VB, BL799, but this serial was in a black-out block, does anyone know what he was flying?

    8. The following were killed on 28 Apr in Hudson, AM971, according to TSGNO.

    MAJEAU, RUSSELL JOHN (J/15242) RCAF - age Unknown
    RICHARD, JOSEPH ALBERT (J/15772) RCAF - age 30
    HANCOCK, RONALD (R/59685) RCAF - age 31
    WHEADON, ALBERT EDWARD GEORGE (R/80179) RCAF - age 26

    However, AM971 was a Martlet, does anyoe have a correct identity for this Hudson?

    All the best

    Malcolm

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    For AM971 substitute AM571.
    For AE534/538 substitute AE524

    N1166
    Way, Dixon, Bryant, Smith
    N1169
    Beveridge, Laverick, Fox, Payne
    N1186
    Seddon, McGregor, Keegan, Miller (crew attached from No.47 Sqn)
    X8923
    Bee, Nash, White, Bacon
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    Many thanks Ross

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    Malcolm,
    AC1 HOCKNULL confirmed on Lysander TT.III V9793 together with st.szer.pil. Witold BLUCZYNSKI - PAF 782721. (KU CZCI Poleglych Lotnikow 1939-1945 - page 218).

    John B. LISLE - RCAF R/67604: From "Flat Out, The Story of 30 Sqn RAF" on page 167:
    "Five aircraft had taken off to practice formation flying and all went well until F/Sgt J.B. Lisle in BG916 appreared to turn into the slipstream of another aircraft. This caused his Hurricane to turn over and enter a dive from which Lisle was unable to recover. His aircraft crashed into a lake, bursting info flames as it hit shallow water about 10 yards from the shore".
    Air Britain BA100-BZ999 (latest edition) has for BG916: 30 Sqn - Hit slipstream of another aircraft in turn and dived into lake near Moratura, Ceylon.

    Spouse rings the bell for the afternoon coffee, have to hurry and will react later on remaining questions.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Malcolm,
    Remaining question marks are tough, for RYCKMAN I've on file BP956 where AB mentions for this serial 'destroyed in air raid Ta'Qali' and no squadron numbering, just 'Malta'. No solution in 'Malta, The Spitfire Year 1942' (Shores/Cull/Malizia).

    I've HASSLET on AB401 - shot down by FW 190s JG26 in St.Omer area.

    GRANTHAM on BL442 - collided with W3461 (F/O D.F. DAVIES - 42337 - L3/767). Grantham lies buried Longuenesse (St.Omer) Souvenir Cem., but have no first burial location on file.

    For WALKER I've BL779 - oxygen problems flying on 30,000ft, 30 miles W of Dyce, missing 4.4.42 found crashed Tillymair Farmhouse, Kirkton of Tough, 10 miles W of Dyce.
    It seems that - although missing 4.4.42 - the aircraft was still recorded with 416 Sqn on 26.4.42. Is it possible that 4.4.42 is incorrect or correct and pilot died 27.4.42 ??

    I do believe for these four aircraft we need our friends' help.
    Regards,
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    Hi Henk

    I've come across another Malta Spitfire that is shown in 'The Spitfire Year' as being shot down and then being shown as destroyed in an air raid in A-B.

    As ever, many thanks for your help

    Malcolm

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    Hello,

    I was looking for any details about the losses on 27th April 1942 and came back on this summer's thread. Henk, I can confirm that Grantham was always buried in Longuenesse, i.e. no first burial in a remote place and moved to Longuenesse post-war.

    I don't have a crash site location, and I'm actually trying to match this loss to a possible crash in Flanders, from a witness who has limited souvenirs about it, and matching it with Luftwaffe claims.

    Does anyone have copies of the Squadron ORB for that mission ? No detail either about the individual letters ?

    Joss

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    Henk,
    Can confirm from the death certificate that Arthur Walker was killed on 27.04.42 while flying BL799 at Tillymair.
    Best regards,
    Alan.

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