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    Default Hugh D MacPhie, RCAF R/76041 - 4 May 1942 - 129 Sqn

    Can anyone tell me the details of this loss. I assume he was in a Spitfire Vb. He appears to be from Pictou County, Nova Scotia and his parents are from Bookline, Mass. in the US.
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    TSGNO: "MACPHEE, HUGH DOUGLAS FS (P) R76041. From Hopewell, Pictou, County, Nova Scotia. Killed In Action May 4/42 age 23. #129 Squadron (I Will Defend The Right). Spitfire aircraft # BM 319 was shot down in the sea ten miles north-west of Le Havre, France. FS. McPhee bailed out but was dead when air-sea rescue arrived. Flight Sergeant Pilot MacPhee has no known grave, his name is inscribed on the Runnymede War Memorial, Englefield, Egham, Surrey, England."

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    Thanks PP. But what an odd way to phrase it. If the air/sea rescue reached him to find he was dead, why does he have no known grave? Would they have buried him at sea in the Channel?

    At least that eliminates him as a candidate for the pilot downed over St. Malo.
    David

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