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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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28.04.1943 No. 56 Squadron Typhoon DN265 US-B Sgt. Daniel Driscoll

Operation: Training

Date: 28th April 1943 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 56 Squadron

Type: Typhoon

Serial: DN265

Code: US-B

Base: RAF Matlaske, Norfolk

Location: Dudwick Farm, Buxton, Nr. Coltishall, Norfolk

Pilot: Sgt. Daniel Driscoll 1336580 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

On a training flight from RAF Matlaske with another Typhoon R8825 US-Y flown by Sgt. A.P. McNicol when, on carrying out circuits over Coltishall, Typhoon DN265 exploded in mid air (No cause established) and the tail and parts of the wing flew off and damaged R8825.

Sadly Sgt. Driscoll was killed when the Typhoon plunged to the ground between Dudwick Farm and Aylsham Road. Amazing in that Sgt. McNichol made a wheels up landing at Broadmoor Farm, North Walsham, Norfolk, England, escaping unhurt.

Typhoon DN265 US-B (Aircrew Remembered archives)


Burial Details:


Sgt. Daniel Driscoll Carlisle (Dalston Road) Cemetery Ward 16. Sec C. Grave 14. Son of Daniel and Hannah Driscoll, of Carlisle, husband of Helena Driscoll.

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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