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)
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
REASON FOR LOSS:
Escorting bombers that were attacking Shell factory at Marquis. During combat with Jg26 Luftwaffe Unit 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)
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.