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08.09.1945 No. 768 R.N. Squadron Corsair JT357 Lt. Frank W. McGarry

Operation: Patrol

Date: 08th September 1945

Unit: No. 768 RN Squadron

Type: Corsair

Serial: JT357

Base: RAF Ballyhalbert, Northern Ireland

Location: Ballycram, 5 miles SSW of airfield

Pilot: Lt (A) Frank Wilfred McGarry O-048970 RCNVR Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Lt (A) Frank McGarry was killed when his Royal Navy Corsair crashed into a wall during a forced landing at Ballycram after suffering an engine failure. The aircraft burnt out.

At the time he was attached to No. 4 Naval Air Fighter School.

Burial Details:

Lt (A) Frank Wilfred McGarry. Ballycranbeg R.C. Churchyard (Mount St. Joseph). Grave 48. Son of Edward John and Agnes McGarry, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. B.A.

Acknowledgments: With many thanks to Joseph Clint for the supply of information and grave photograph. Joseph lives in the Parish of Ballycram.

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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