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    Default Flt. Lt. Thomas Rex Poynton KIA N. of Dieppe, 23 April 1943

    41 Sqn's OC A Flt, Flt. Lt. Thomas Rex Poynton was posted missing during a shipping reconnaissance to Dieppe on 23 April 1943. He was advised of eight enemy aircraft approximately 20 miles north of his position at approx. 11:30, which he acknowledged, but his plot was seen to turn sharply towards the French coast soon afterwards, and then disappear. He was posted as missing and is listed on the Runnymede Memorial today.

    I believe the claimants may have been FW190s of JG26, but is anyone able to be more specific, please?

    Currently have no access to my library as I'm on wifi in Brunei Airport!

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    http://brew.clients.ch/41sqnraf.htm

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    Hi Steve,

    JG 26 23 April, 1943

    The coastal patrols were, as usual, unsuccessful, but Obfw. (Paul) Fritsch of the 5th Staffel led his "offensive-defensive" patrol all the way across the Somme Estuary to Dieppe where he shot down a No. 41 Sqd. Spitfire that was on a shipping reconnaissance mission. Fritsch received credit for one Mustang destroyed.

    JG 26 Victory Claims 23-29 April 1943.

    Date: 23-4-43
    Rank: Obfw.
    Name: Fritsch P.
    Unit: 5
    Claim No. 3
    Aircraft: Mustang
    Place: 25km W of Somme estuary.
    Time: 1128
    Opponent: 41 Sqd. Spitfire.
    Confirmed: Yes.

    See:
    The JG 26 War Diary Volume Two: 1943-1945
    Caldwell,Donald.
    London:Grub Street,1998.
    pp.49-50

    Col.
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    Thansk Col

    Just what I was after; I appreciate the look-up

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    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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