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15.07.1944 No. 21 Ferry Control Thunderbolt I HD163 P/O. Francis M. Scandiffio

Operation: Ferry Flight

Date: 15th July 1944 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 21 Ferry Control

Type: P47D Thunderbolt I

Serial: HD163 (42-26218)

Code: N

Base: Mauripur, India

Location: 25.39 N 72.24' E

Pilot: P/O. Francis Michael Scandiffio J/88799 RCAF Age 30. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

On a ferry convoy while ferrying it from No. 320 Maintenance Unit based at Drigh Road, Karachi, India. The intended destination had been RAF Station Yelahanka, India.

P/O. Francis Michael Scandiffio and right, his Irvin Flying Jacket (courtesy Dave Colman)

P/O. Scandiffio became 70 miles off track bringing his aircraft over hilly country. HD163 broke cloud at 1,500 ft came across hilly country which was cloud covered and struck a hill some 50 ft from the summit - the aircraft was found burnt out.

Information submitted by Dave Coleman who now owns the Irvin Flying jacket belonging to the pilot whilst a Fl/Sgt. R/93392.

Burial details:

Originally buried at the Jodhpur Cemetery on the 08th August 1944 - then reinterred.

P/O. Francis Michael Scandiffio. Delhi War Cemetery. Grave 5B.15. Son of Mrs M. Scandiffio of 31 Yarmouth Gardens,Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His brother, W/O.II. Thomas Peter Scandiffio R/102787 RCAF was also lost. Killed in Wellington LB195 over the Mediterranean Sea on the 16th June 1943.

Researched by Dave Colman for Aircrew Remembered - June 2015. With thanks to Jagan at RAF Commands Forum for additional burial information - March 2017.

KTY 04.06.2015. KTY Buried details added 18.03.2017

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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