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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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27.08.1944 No. 137 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN803 SF-V F/O. Hutcheson

Operation: Ramrod

Date: 27th August 1944 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 137 Squadron

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: MN803

Code: SF-V

Base: RAF Coulombs, Normandy (B6 Advanced landing ground)

Location: West of Rouen, France.

Pilot: F/O. Ian Cameron Hutcheson NZ/412694 RNZAF Age 28. Killed


During the sortie the pilot encountered flak, although F/O. Hutcheson baled out of his Typhoon, he was killed.

We would be interested to know of any further details regarding his loss.

137 Squadron Pilots - dated August 1944 (Courtesy: Margaret Baker)

Burial Details:

F/O. Ian Cameron Hutcheson. Auzebosc Churchyard. Row 7. Grave 3. Son of Hugh Wilson Hutcheson and Mary Jane Cameron Hutcheson (nee Robertson), Hastings, New Zealand. Born in Wellington on the 4th August 1916, with the family moving later to Hastings where he attended High School. Prior to joining he was head shepherd at the Pourerere Station at Waipawa, New Zealand.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, Kate Tame for photographs of grave, Errol Martin for personal information on Ian Hutcheson, Pierre Pecastaingys for memorial photograph, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 3, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Thanks to Margaret Baker, the niece of Flg.Off. Hutcheson, for the photographs of 137th Squadron pilots and Flg.Off. Hutcheson.

RS 13.04.2019 - Inclusion of 137 Sqn Pilots and Flg.Off. Hutcheson's photographs.

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