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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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175 Squadron Crest
24.05.1944 No. 175 Squadron Typhoon Ib JR311 HH-P P/O. Finlayson

Operation: Escort Sortie

Date: 24th May 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 175 Squadron

Type: Hawker Typhoon Mk1B

Serial: JR311

Code: HH-P

Base: RAF Dunsfold, Surrey

Location: Le Harve, France

Pilot: P/O. Stuart Scott Finlayson J/85036 RCAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

It appears that the aircraft suffered structural failure and crashed near Le Havre, France.

It had been discovered that the Typhoon was to undergo a tailplane modification listed as MOD354 - the aircraft horizontal tailplane was prone to failure in extreme manoeuvres. It is not known if this aircraft had the modification carried out although had only been delivered to the RAF in November 1943.

Burial details:

P/O. Stuart Scott Finlayson. Sainte Marie Cemetery, Le Havre Departement de la Seine-Maritime Haute-Normandie, France. Divn. 67. Row H. Grave 5. Born on the 6th December 1920, the son of Robert Scott Finlayson and Ethel May Finlayson, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Researched Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - October 2016. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection. With thanks to sources as quoted below.

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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