5th August 1944

Supermarine SPITFIRE LF Mk IX
MK895 (code SH-?)

Bréhat Island

(contributors : Conservatoire aéronautique de Cornouaille. Francois Cadic, Claude Hélias)

Pilot :
Flying Officer Alan THORPE
No 64 SQN, Royal New Zealand Air Force

Alan THORPE was on a mission with Henry Joseph MEHARRY on August 5, 1944 (killed during the mission: see his story). He was hit by the flak in the Trieux area (the information we have says that he was hit by an armed trawler), near Lézardrieux (22). He flew away towards the sea and bailed out near the Bréhat island. He was rescued by a Supermarine Walrus from Air Sea Rescue (W 3038) from 276 Sqn (crew: F/Lt G.R. Johns, F/Sgt E. Perry and W/O Evans).
A source indicates that the two aircrafts were on a Lancaster bomber escort mission for a bombing mission over U-boat pens at Brest (RAMROD mission 162). Another source indicates that the two aircrafts attacked the 46th Flotilla of minesweepers of the Kriegsmarine on the move from St-Malo to Brest.
Any information to clarify this story is welcome : info.absa.3945@gmail.com

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