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439 Squadron Crest
01.01.1945 No 439 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN589 F/O. Angelini Loss

Operation: Recce

Date: 01st January 1945 (Monday)

Unit: No. 439 Squadron (RCAF)

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: MN589

Base: Eindhoven

Location: De Rips, Holland

Pilot: F/O. Samuel Angelini J/37114 RCAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Returning to Eindhoven after a Reconnaissance flight at St. Vith with 3 other 439 Squadron aircraft when at 09:45 hrs they mixed with nearly 20 Fx190's. F/O. Angelini was found dead in his aircraft on the 3rd January near Rips. His loss was claimed by JG6. No further information available.

F/O. Samual Angelini with 439 Squadron Typhoon shown on right (archives)

Left: Grave of F/O. Angelini with the touching laminated tribute placed by our good friend, Mitch Buiting in 2012.


Burial Details:

F/O. Samuel Angelini. Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery. Grave: XV. D. 7. From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Samual had completed just 14 operational sorties.

Shelley Felix (née Turcotte) contacted us in August 2017 and submitted this information: “My father was Henry Turcotte, also known as Harry or Hank. My dad was the brother in law to Samuel. Samuel was married to my aunt Gertrude. Samuel and my aunt Gertrude had a daughter Mary Elizabeth. My dad also served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. My mother served in the Air Force as well.”

Dedicated to the relatives of Samuel with thanks to Mitch Buiting for grave photograph and tribute. Les Allison and Harry Hayward - "They Shall Grow Not Old", Fred Paradie for the RCAF database "Paradie Archive". Thanks to Shelley Felix who contacted us in August 2017.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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