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25.08.1944 No. 164 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN588 F/O. Trafford

Operation: Ramrod

Date: 25th August 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 164 Squadron

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: MN588

Base: RAF Martragny (Forward Landing base B.7) 

Location: North of Rouen, France.

Pilot: F/O. George Raymond Trafford NZ/412001 RNZAF Age 23. Killed


Thought to have been brought down by anti-aircraft fire near the village of Fresquienne, France.

One of three Typhoons lost this day whilst attacking tanks and military transport with rockets.

164 Squadron Typhoons in France (courtesy IWM)

The others from 164 Squadron lost:

Typhoon Ib PD457 Flown by Sq/Ldr. Waddy DFC. taken PoW.
Typhoon Ib MN711 Flown by 21 year old Ronald White - Killed.


Grave and the monument the French built for F/O. Trafford in the Churchyard (courtesy Kate Tame)

Burial Details:

F/O. George Raymond Trafford. Fresquienne Churchyard, France. Son of Margrave Thomas Trafford and Henrietta Maria Trafford, of Gisborne, Auckland, New Zealand, husband of Daphne Audrey Trafford, of Hangaroa, Auckland.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, Kate Tame for her brilliant photographs, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol.3, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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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