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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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06.06.1944 No. 183 Squadron Typhoon Ib R8973 F/O. Taylor

Operation: 'D' Day landing support

Date: 6th June 1944

Unit: No. 183 Squadron

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: R8973

Code: HF-P

Base: Normandy France.

Location: Caen, France

Pilot: F/O. Adrian Ralph Taylor J/21309 RCAF Age 25. Killed


During an attack on a column of German armour southeast of Caen at mid-day he was shot down by Me109 South of Caen, France. 

Just a few days earlier on the 29th May he shot down two Me109's using very little ammunition, report to be less than 20 rounds from each cannon.


Two other Typhoons from 183 Squadron were also shot down during this operation:

Typhoon MN432 Flown by 22 year old Welshman Fl/Lt. Rhys W. Evans from Pengam, Monmouthshire - killed.
Typhoon MN478 Flown by 22 year old Canadian F/O. Melsom H.W. Gee from Manitoba, Canada - killed.

He survived baling out of his Hurricane II during training in Canada. During authorised aerobatics and circuits he was performing a roll at the top of a loop when the aircraft flicked and went into an inverted spin, he could not regain control and was forced to bale out.


Above and left: St. Valery-en-Caux Franco-British cemetery as photographed by our Kate Tame during her visit in 2012.

Burial Details:

F/O. Adrian Ralph Taylor. St. Valery-en-Caux Franco-British cemetery. Grave B.29. Son of Charles Taylor, and Mary Taylor, of Bell Island, Newfoundland, Canada. Formerly of 127 Squadron flying Hurricanes out of Gander, Newfoundland. Also flew with 186 squadron. Born on the 13th September 1919, joining the R.C.A.F. on the 14th May 1941.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to Kate Tame for grave photographs. 

Any relative who would like a higher resolution photo of his grave . cemetery please dont hesitate to contact us.

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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