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Old 14th February 2018, 16:50
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Re: Mustang Pilot Information

Did you email me or send a PM here? Very interesting.
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Old 14th February 2018, 17:53
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Re: Mustang Pilot Information

I have just found the Flak claims buried in a German document-8 Spitfires, 2 Hurricanes, 1 Blenheim, 2 Bostons. A bit further on it says Flak claims for the day were 20. No mentions of Mustangs
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Old 15th February 2018, 14:43
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It’s a few years since I was studying the Dieppe operations and my memory is not so good. I have been back and checked through my material.

The role of the Mustang squadrons was to maintain reconnaissance of the inland approaches to Dieppe inside the area bounded by a line Abbeville - Amiens - Beauvais - Rouen - Le Havre. In the British records I have found very little detail about the areas where 26 Sqn flew their missions and I have found no detail for the 26 Sqn missions that failed to return.

There is more detail for 239 Sqn who flew eight tasks: three missions to the West of Dieppe and five to the East of Dieppe. One mission is recorded as: Le Treport - Envernay - Neuechatel and two missions are recorded Le Treport - Envernay - Blangy. “Neuechatel” is clearly a mistake for Neufchatel. One pilot who returned from a mission recorded that he was intercepted by Fw190s over Envermeu. I cannot find a place called “Envernay” in the area so perhaps this is a mistake for Envermeu. When Gompertz flew his solo mission at 1100 hours his planned route is recorded as Le Treport - Envernay - Blangy.

There is very little detail for each task flown by 400 Sqn. I was mistaken in stating that Burlingam was flying a solo mission but he was flying on his first operation over France. He was flying in a pair and it is recorded that he was last seen near St Aubin.

Thank you for posting the photo of Gompertz. You may have noticed that he seems to be wearing an Army uniform. A lot of the pilots in the Army Co-operation squadrons had transferred from the Army to the RAF.

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Old 15th February 2018, 15:03
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Re: Mustang Pilot Information

thank you very much for the clarifications

Neuechatel is Neuchatel-en-bray
Envernay is I think Envermeu (I live in Envermeu)

I've already seen this mistake in Norman R. Franks' book.

another source tells me that Kennedy was a victim of Hptm Herbert-Felix Bolz.

"26 Sqn Mustang AG536 MIA. F/L Donald Newton Kennedy b. Haut-s-Mer ca. 0600 by Hptm Herbert-Felix Bolz II/JG2 FW190".

some parts recovered at the crash site

https://zupimages.net/up/18/07/i8cq.jpg

https://zupimages.net/up/18/07/wzp3.jpg

https://zupimages.net/up/18/07/1akh.jpg

https://zupimages.net/up/18/07/qtj7.jpg

https://zupimages.net/up/18/07/ui87.jpg

Thank you all, I'll keep you posted on my research.

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Old 16th February 2018, 14:48
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Thanks for the info Alexis.

I did email ANSA39-45 group but they never replied, http://ansa39-45.fr/news.htm

perhaps some one else might have better luck than me.

Perhaps if the records of the town(s) or local police could be investigated in an archive, they might hold an answer.

I looked at the Service file of the only RCAF member buried in Dieppe cemetery having been killed on the day of the landings and that indicates that that man was found by locals, and the the local mayoral office made arrangements for his body to be brought to the cemetery. That particular Canadian was to buried by German forces but by local French authorities. This might be the case with Kenedy perhaps. I'll try a question to the CWGC.
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Old 16th February 2018, 21:19
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Hello Dennis,

in the police records there's nothing.

I will go to the town hall of the village and I will send an email to ANSA (http://ansa39-45.fr/news.htm)

I sent you an MP.
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I got the PM thanks

The two Bolz claims. Are the two locations close to each other and the place where you found wreckage?

And your witnesses thought it hit power lines. Woukd they have noticed an attacking aircraft?
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Old 16th February 2018, 22:02
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I sent 2 MPs

between the crash of Cruickshank in Brachy and Envermeu, there is a minimum of 30 km.
http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=847

for witnesses no air-to-air combat

the telephone line has been cut and 3 wooden poles have been cut

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