08th November 1942 122 Squadron Spitfire F.IX BS349 W/O. II Foreman
Operation: Circus 235
Date: 08th November 1942 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 122 Squadron (motto: Victuri volamus 'We fly to conquer')
Date: 08th November 1942
Type: Spitfire F.IX
Base: RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Location: Dunkirk, France
Pilot: WO II Gordon James Foreman R/78053 RCAF Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
For the Circus Operation on this day they were escorting 38 x B-17’s that were to bomb Fives/Lille with 12 other B17’s on a diversion raid to Abbeville/Drucat. The entire Gruppe from JG26 were scrambled as well as others from III./JG2. Despite 7 Spitfires being shot down, the escort defended the bombers well.
Engaged and shot down over Dunkirk. The young Canadian pilot was killed.
The others lost on this operation:
165 Squadron - P/O. George Cruise Griffin 118532 RAFVR flying Spitfire Vb EP381 shot down over the channel. Body recovered.
306 Squadron - Sgt. Zygmunt Rozworski 793164 PAF flying Spitfire IX BS432. Lost without trace over the Channel.
350 Squadron F/O. Georges Deltour 100651 RAF flying Spitfire Vb EN773. Hit but managed to force land at Manston.
401 Squadron - Fl/Lt. Donald Robert Morrison J/15475 RCAF flying Spitfire IX BS202. Shot down and taken PoW. Leg amputated and repatriated. Further details here.
401 Squadron - F/O. Douglas Russell Manley J/9358 RCAF flying Spitfire IA BS391. Shot down and killed. Further information here.
421 Squadron - Sq/Ldr. Frank Cameron Willis 40332 RAF flying Spitfire Vb EN779. Shot down over the Channel, body not recovered.
421 Squadron - Fl/Sgt. Clifford Arthur Davis R/101411 RCAF flying Spitfire Vb BL896. Shot down over the Channel, body not recovered.
WO II Gordon James Foreman. Merville Communal Cemetery Extension. Plot 2. Row B. Grave 4. Son of James and Elizabeth Foreman, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; husband of Laurette M. Foreman, of Toronto. Grave inscription: 'Let No Bomb Or Shell Disturb His Sleep; He Died So Young God Bless Him'.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to with thanks to Francois Dutil, other sources as quoted below: