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602 Squadron Crest
18.10.1943 No. 602 Squadron Spitfire LF.IX MH730 P/O. Finnie

Operation: Ramrod

Date: 18th October 1943

Unit: No. 602 Squadron (motto: Cave leonem cruciatum - 'Beware the crossed lion')

Type: Spitfire LF.IX

Serial: MH730

Code: LO-?

Base: RAF Newchurch, Kent

Location: Berck, Northern France

Pilot: P/O. Alister McKenzie Finnie Aus/401781 RAAF Age 21. Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Very few details have been established on his loss.

Some reports state that he came down in the English Channel off Berck, others that he came down off Cap Gris Nez.

We are open to any further information and credits placed.


Burial details:

P/O. Alister McKenzie Finnie. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 191. Born on the 03rd February 1922 at Brighton, the son of Charles Augustus and Helen Bannerman Finnie, of 333 Kilda Street, Brighton, Victoria, Australia. A bank official working at the Commonwealth Savings Bank of Australia prior to service. Enlisted on the 29th March 1941 at Melbourne. Joined 602 Squadron from 61 Operational Training Unit on the 25th May 1943. Having trained on the Harvard and Yale Aircraft.

Researched for relatives of this pilot. For further details our thanks to the Australian Archives and to the following sources shown below.

KTY 16.05.2019

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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), 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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