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04.03.1944 No 412 Squadron Spitfire IX MJ306 VZ-K Fl/Lt. Andrew B. Ketterson
Operation: Ramrod 623
Date: 4th March 1944 (Saturday)
Unit: 412 Squadron RCAF
Type: Spitfire IX
Serial: MJ306 ("Hot Box")
Location: East of Ypres
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Andrew Boyd Ketterson J/16990 RCAF Age 22. Killed.
REASON FOR LOSS:
While escorting American bombers on Ramrod 623, PM, Fl/Lt. Ketterson thought to have been hit by anti aircraft fire encountered difficulty with his engine, and sadly was killed in the ensuing crash, 15 miles east of Ypres.
(With thanks to Franky Mahieu for taking photographs at the Wevelgem Communal Cemetery in August 2016)
Fl/Lt. Andrew Boyd Ketterson. Wevelgem Communal Cemetery. Grave E. 451. Son of Maj. Andrew Robert Ketterson. DSO. and Fenella M W Ketterson, of 3052 Northcliffe Avenue, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
KTY 15.08.2016 Grave photo added
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