Post by Stig Jarlevik on Oct 13, 2021 19:02:56 GMT
This one is a puzzle All my sources says it was in use with 452Sq and not 457
Looking into Fighter Command losses of the 2nd WW Vol 2 (Franks) BL424 is not mentioned as such but he has Sgt Reilly (457Sq) as lost (and rescued) on the 28th. I believe 452 and 457 Sq partly shared the same airfield at this time (both had detachments at Andrea) and one possible solution is that BL424 belonged to 452Sq but was used by 457Sq on this fateful day.
However it is entirely possible the actual record card is so badly handwritten it is impossible to interpret the unit correctly.....
This is one of the reasons why Air Britain should publish these record cards for all to see!
What ever the case the date 28th looks correct to me.
Another update to which I was alerted by the RAF Commands forum. Hurricane BP750 was shot down on 6 Sep 42 while serving with 7 Sqn SAAF. Source: "Springbok Fighter Victory SAAF Fighter Operations 1939 - 1945" (Volume 3)
Yes Michael Schoeman has done a great job putting the SAAF fighter ops jigsaw into a quite coherent picture. Initially this loss could only be read as '750' and was recorded as such in Winston Brent's 85 years of SAAF.
Reason are the somewhat dreadful state of the SAAF records here and there (bad carbon copies) and as we all know they don't improve with age....