28.11.1940 No. 609 Squadron Spitfire I X4586 PR-O Fl/Lt. Dundas DFC
Date: 28th November 1940 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 609 Squadron (motto 'Tally Ho')
Type: Spitfire I
Base: RAF Middle Wallop
Location: English Channel
Pilot: Fl/Lt. John Charles Dundas DFC. Bar 90334 RAF (A) Age 24. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a patrol, engaged Luftwaffe Me 109s off the Isle of Wight.
Also lost from the Squadron on the same patrol 26 year old, P/O. Paul Abbott Baillon 86331 RAFVR flying Spitfire R6631. His body was later washed up on the French coast. Fl/Lt. Dundas then shot down the pilot before he was also lost. Shot down by Hptm. Rudolf Pflanze of 3/JG-2 and crashed into the Channel off the Isle Of Wight at 16:15 hrs.
(Further information and photographs of the Luftwaffe pilots on our Kracker Luftwaffe Archive)
Just a few weeks earlier on Sunday the 27th October 1940, P/O. Paul Baillon was hit flying Spitfire P9503, baled out over Andover at 11:50 hrs.
Fl/Lt. John Charles Dundas DFC. Bar. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 4. Born on the 19th August 1915 in Yorkshire, the son of Frederick James Dundas, and of Silvia Mary Dundas, of Blair Drummond, Perthshire, Scotland. 1st Class Honours Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford. His younger brother, Hugh Dundas, also served in 609 Squadron, survived the war.
P/O. Paul Abbott Baillon. Bayeux War Cemetery. Grave XXVIII. J. 25. Born on the 01st April 1014 at Upton, the son of Louis Charles and Mildred Isabel Baillon, of Church Brampton, Northamptonshire and husband of Margaret Angela Baillon (née Woodhouse). Grave inscription reads: "One Of The Few".
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