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23.04,1944 No. 19 Squadron Mustang III FZ158 Fl/Lt. Derek C. Ross
Date: 23rd April 1944 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 19 Squadron
Type: Mustang III
Base: RAF Ford
Location: North of Doullins, France
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Derek Coles Ross 120596 RAVFR Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off for a Sweep to Metz during the afternoon of the 23rd April. Thought to have been hit by anti-aircraft fire and fell inverted in flames North of Doullins, France.
Above: area of operations with insert Fl/Lt. Derek Coles Ross, below 19 Squadron Mustang III's April 1944
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Fl/Lt. Derek Coles Ross.St. Pol War Cemetery, France. Row F. Grave 9. With thanks to Sherborne School Archives for additional information: Born on 17th June 1922. Son of Sir Mackenzie Ross and Lady Esme Ross, of Richmond, Surrey (formerly of Fairlight, Rustington, Sussex). Attended Sherborne Preparatory School. Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1936-December 1939.
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Right: St. Pol War Cemetery
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