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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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617 Squadron Crest
07.08.1944 No. 617 Squadron Mosquito VI NT202 AJ-N F/O. Warren A. Duffy DFC

Operation: Training

Date: 07th August 1944

Unit: No. 617 Squadron

Type: Mosquito VI

Serial: NT202

Code: AJ-N

Base: RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

Location: North Sea off Wainfleet, Lincs.

Pilot: F/O. Warren Alvin Duffy DFC J/7073 RCAF Age 21. Killed

Nav: F/O. Philip Ingleby 137140 RAFVR Age 23. Killed


Taking off at 10.50 hrs. from RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. Completed three runs over the Wainfleet bombing range and at 11.12  hrs. whilst pulling up in a climbing turn to port the starboard engine failed, followed immediately by structural failure of the starboard wing. 

Above L-R: F/O. Duffy DFC and F/O. Ingleby (courtesy George Evans)

Out of control, the Mosquito plunged into shallow water by the foreshore. 

F/O. Duffy had just completed his operational tour and is buried at Harrogate, his navigator, for this training sortie, rests at Coningsby.

Burial details:

F/O. Warren Alvin Duffy DFC. Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, Yorkshire. Section E. Row A. Grave 1. Son of the Rev. Leon Levett and Gertrude Lois M Duffy of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

F/O. Philip Ingleby. Coningsby Cemetery, Lincolnshire. Row 64, Grave 1256. Son of Bernard and Annie Ingleby of Sale, Cheshire, England.

Researched by Aircrew Remembered volunteer, researcher and specialist genealogist Linda Ibrom for relatives of this crew. With thanks to George Evans for use of photograph.

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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