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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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122 Squadron Crest
01.05.1942 No. 122 Squadron Spitfire BM241 MT-D P/O. Poulton

Operation: Circus 150

Date: 01st May 1942

Unit: No. 122 Squadron (motto: Victuri volamus - 'We fly to conquer')

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: BM241 (note)

Code: MT-D

Base: RAF Hornchurch

Location: Pihen area in northern France

Pilot: P/O. Warwick Brian Poulton Aus/402752 RAAF Age 20. PoW No: 207 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagen


Escorting bombers that were attacking Shell factory at Marquis. During combat with JG26 Luftwaffe, shot down.

During the same operation at least eight others also suffered a similar fate with 3 pilots killed or missing, 4 taken PoW with one other baling out over Portsmouth, wounded but surviving.

Pilot taken PoW in the Pihen area in northern France.

(note: Spitfire Vb BM241 MT-D A presentation Spitfire 'El Conquistador' from Columbia)

Burial details:

None - P/O. Poulton survived the war as a Pow. Born on the 02nd July 1921 at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. A Real Estate Agent prior to service to which he enlisted on the 05th July 1940 at Sydney. Joined 122 Squadron from 57 Operational Training Unit on the 26th September 1941, His training consisted of:

40 hours on Spitfire, 10 hours on Miles Master, 10 hours on the Miles Magister, 50 hours on Tiger Moth and 100 Hours on the Wirraway aircraft. The pilot had completed some 100 hours on operational sorties in a Spitfire.

With thanks to the Australian Archives. For further details our thanks to the following sources shown 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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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