20.07.1943 No. 198 Squadron Typhoon Ib JP486 Fl/Lt. Robert H. Duego
Date: 20th July 1943 (Tuesday)
Unit: No.198 Squadron
Type: Hawker Typhoon Ib
Base: RAF Martlesham Heath,
Location: Ypres area, Belgium.
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Robert Henry Deugo J/15076 RCAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On Tuesday morning Fl/Lt. Deugo took off for a Rhubarb mission to Ypres, Belgium, over the target area, during an attack on a train, his aircraft was hit by Flak, his Typhoon crashed, killing him instantly.
Fl/Lt. Robert Duego front left, taken whilst with 56 Squadron.
198 Squadron Typhoons (courtesy IWM)
Note: Just under a year earlier on the 1st June whilst serving with No.56 Squadron he was on patrol in Typhoon Ib R7678 with 19 year old Sgt Keith Matsell Stuart-Turner, (1) Typhoon R8199, when they were attacked and shot down by Spitfires of No. 401 Squadron off Dover.
Fl/Lt. Deugo succeeded in baling out suffering serious burns, sadly Sgt. Stuart-Turner was killed in this ‘friendly fire’ incident. The probable reason for the mistake was the similarity of the Typhoon shape with the Fw190, they had been silhouetted in the sun according to reports.
Fl/Lt. Robert Henry Deugo. Diksmuide Communal Cemetery, Belgium. Grave 1031. Son of Ira and Dorothy Deugo, of Pakenham, Ontario, Canada.
His grave at the Diksmuide Cemetery shown left
(1) Note: Sgt Keith Matsell Stuart-Turner has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 94. Son of Harold and Mabel Stuart Turner, of Latchford, Cheshire, England.
Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to the 'Paradie Archives', Les Allison and Harry Hayward - 'They Shall Grow Not Old', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 2, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.