Spitfire MK990

Covering 25 Sep 1944, these are far from the clearest ORBs we’ve seen…

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…but it looks like F/O McDonald’s initials are not ‘J. W.’. More likely is ‘F/O W. L. (‘Len’) McDonald’, and his crash site is given as ‘between Venraij and Helmond’. Assuming ‘Venraij’ to be ‘Venray’, this is nowhere near Nijmegen.

As ever, more original documentation is welcome!

Spitfire Mk.IX MK990 421 Squadron Nijmegen

It looks like this plane was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf 109 on 25 September 1944, with the pilot F/O J. W. McDonald successfully baling out…

http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/01950.php

Here’s its entry on Avialogs, which might possibly tie to its Movement Card (not yet confirmed)…

http://www.avialogs.com/index.php/aircraft-production-data/spitfire-and-seafire/mk990.html

Any more information about where it crashed would be gratefully received.

Spitfire Mk.IX NH322 412 Squadron Nijmegen

This aircraft was apparently shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf 109 on 25 September 1944, with the pilot F/O McLeod surviving the crash…

http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/01950.php

Here’s its entry on Avialogs, which might relate to its Movement Card (unconfirmed)…

http://www.avialogs.com/index.php/aircraft-production-data/spitfire-and-seafire/nh322.html

Can any of our readers give more information about the crash site?

RAF 180 Squadron

Cornelis Schot

In connection with his wife Edna’s family, and thanks to a kind soul at the West Yorkshire Archive Service, Bradford, we’re now also looking for any of the following names:

Rose Elliott
Rosie Elliott
Jack Elliott
Ronald Elliott
Phyllis Elliott

We think that Jack and Ronald are Edna’s brothers, and Edna herself probably has some kind of military service.

If Albert Street, Low Moor rings any bells for you, please get in touch…!

Jan van Dijken (John van Dyken)

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He’s on the Wartime Memories Project, here (between a third and half of the way down)…

http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/ww2/thosewhoserved/v-ww2.php?pagenum=2

We’ve made contact with a relative of his, and we’ll see if sharing information will provide further insight into what happened on 25 Oct 1943 near Brest…