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Old 19th August 2009, 12:13
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S/Ldr Harry Hopkinson DSO

Hi guys

I have a note that suggests S/Ldr Harry Hopkinson of 253 Squadron was shot down and believed killed on 11 May 1944, possibly in Spitfire EF740.

However, I haven't been able to find his name in CWGC, so presumably a POW or evader. Does anyone know, please?

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Old 19th August 2009, 12:27
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Re: S/Ldr Harry Hopkinson DSO

I think his DSO citation holds the clue. LG'd 8th September, 1944. Citation from Flight magazine

Sqn. Ldr. H. HOPKINSON, R A.F.V.R., No. 253 Sqn.—

Since assuming command of his squadron this officer has led many operations against enemy coastal shipping and has also
attacked installations, locomotives and mechanical transport, with considerable success He has flown a number of bomber escort missions and on at least one occasion was instrumental in successfully repulsing an attack by enemy fighters. On another occasion, Sqn. Ldr. Hopkinson was forced to make a crash landing in Yugoslavia after his aircraft had been badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire. The aircraft overturned on landing, but after two and a half hours working inside the cockpit, he eventually managed to extricate himself through the hatchway in the fuselage and ultimately returned to his squadron. This officer has set an example which has contributed to the high standard of operational proficiency ot his squadron.

He certainly appears in the LG a number of times after the date of the crash

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Old 19th August 2009, 22:03
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Re: S/Ldr Harry Hopkinson DSO

Many thanks Amrit

That certainly clarifies the incident.

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