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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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601 Squadron Crest
26.04.1942 No. 601 Squadron Spitfire VcT BR125 P/O. Cripps

Operation: Interception

Date: 26th April 1942 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 601 Squadron

Type: Spitfire VcT

Serial: BR125

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Ta Qali

Location: Qormi, Malta

Pilot: P/O. Walter Ephraim Cripps J/5806 RCAF Age 21. Killed


Shot down by units from 8./JG53 - pilot baled out of his spitfire but died later of his wounds.

(Further research continues)

Burial details:

P/O. Walter Ephraim Cripps. Malta Naval Cemetery (Capuccini) Prot. Sec. (Officers'). Plot E. Coll. grave 20. Son of Joseph B. Cripps and Lilian Cripps of Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.

Researched for Martin Connell/Lynda and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below:

KTY 24.05.2017

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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