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
Base: Normandy France.
Location: Caen, France
Pilot: F/O. Adrian Ralph Taylor J/21309 RCAF Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
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.
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.
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