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64 Squadron Crest
26.01.1943 No. 64 Squadron Spitfire IX BS278 Sgt. McKoy

Operation: Circus 256

Date: 26th January 1943 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 64 Squadron (11 Group)

Type: Spitfire IX

Serial: BS278

Code: SH-?

Base: RAF Fairlop, Essex

Location: 7 KM North west Watten, France

Pilot: Sgt. Godfrey Alan McKoy NZ/414651 RNZAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Fairlop in Essex at 11:45 hrs and climbed with his squadron to 23,000 ft.

Whilst over St. Omerr the formation split up to deal with aircraft at that height and others at 10,000 ft. During aeriel combat with the lower height Spitfire BS278 was shot down at 12:45, killing Sgt. Godfrey McKoy

Burial details:

Sgt. Godfrey Alan McKoy. Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery (St. Omer). Plot 8. Row A. Grave 5. Son of Charles Lawrence Herbert McKoy, and of Ethel May McKoy (née Allan), of Auckland City, New Zealand. He had some 310 flying hours logged and on his 11th operational sortie.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Errol Martin - “For Your Tomorrow Vol’s 1-3” for his detailed information on the loss, Auckland Cenotaph and Weekly News. Other sources as quoted below:

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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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