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    111 (F) Squadron, RCAF lost 5 Kityhawks on 16 July 1942, after encountering fog on the Alaska coast. They were enroute from their original base at Patricia Bay, BC to Umnak Island, Alaska in response to the Japanese landings. All 5 aircraft struck mountains on Unalaska Island, no survivors. The squadron received replacement aircraft from the the US and continued operations, scoring the Home War Establishment's only air to air kill on 25 September 1942 over Kiska.

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    Brian,

    McCormack had long-left England's shores when he was awarded his second DFC (LG 18-6-1943 p.2769). Citation reads: "Flt Lt McCormack has been actively engaged on operations in India since October 1942. He has achieved excellent results on long distance sorties over difficult country. As a pilot and Flight Commander, his cool courage and skill have been invaluable to his Squadron. In attacks on Mandalay and Akyab, despite considerable opposition, he allowed no obstacle to deter him from completing his tasks successfully."

    Re: McCormack's accident:

    Monday, 29 May, 1944.

    Thirty-four Ki 43s again appeared over Imphal early in the day, this sweep once more involving all three sentais - 50th, 64th and 204th. At 0720 11 Spitfires of 607 Squadron were scrambled, but failed to find the intruders. 81 and 615 Squadrons then followed and at 0800 the latter's unit pilots in their older Spitfire Vcs found them, claiming four damaged, two by Flg Off H.A. Chandler (MH899) and one each by Sqn Ldr McCormack (MH640) and Flt Lt K.F.Gannon (MH686). However Sgt H.K. Young RAAF, crashed in MA383, south-west of Palel and was killed, while Sqn Ldr McCormack crash-landed at Sapam due to a glycol leak.

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    Air War for Burma/Shores p.235.

    S/L McCormack was injured (cuts to legs and head), and admitted to 60 MFH on 29-5-44, and discharged on 6-6-44.

    McCormack's aircraft (Hurricane IIB Z3348) had been hit by flak over Dunkirk on 31-10-1941, he was slightly wounded (slight flesh wound in foot), not enough to be taken off duty.

    Col.
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    Hi. There is a first hand account of the 615 Sqn incident on 10-8-44 by F/O Costain in Ian Allan's Spitfire at War by Alfred Price.

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    Can anyone advise as to the location of Deragon please - I'm not having any success with Google, which makes me wonder if it was a landing strip without many facilities?

    Brian

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    Brian,
    Have a look at Dergaon !
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    A typo for Dergaon

    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=%22Dergao n%22&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=8.074932,28.256836&ie=UTF8&hq=%22Der gaon%22&hnear=&radius=15000&ll=22.674847,100.23925 8&spn=12.587806,45&z=5

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    EDIT: pipped to the post by Henk :)
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    Hi,

    Yes fellows, my typo. Not Shores'.

    Col.

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    Col,
    For S/Ldr McCORMACK I found in his files for 10-8-1944:
    Spitfire VIII LV742 - aircraft and body found 12-8-1944 at Jalalpore.
    Regards,
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    Henk,

    Alan Storr has McCormack's aircraft as Spitfire VIII LV742, likewise his A705 (have edited my earlier entry).

    McCormack was originally buried in Calcutta Cemetery, Bengal (Plot J. Grave 49), on 13-8-1944. Later reinterred (graves re-grouped) in renamed, Calcutta (Bhowanipore) Cemetery, India, Plot O. Row G. Gr.4.

    On a rather sad note. Photographs of McCormack's grave in Calcutta (Bhowanipore), were sent to his N.O.K's address on 30-9-1957 - they were returned unopened.

    Col.
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    McCormack had long-left England's shores when he was awarded his second DFC
    Cheers, Col, had a feeling I was going astray somewhere.

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