25.08.1944 No. 164 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN588 F/O. Trafford
Date: 25th August 1944 (Friday)
Unit: No. 164 Squadron
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: R.A.F. Martragny (Forward Landing base B.7)
Location: North of Rouen, France.
Pilot: F/O. George Raymond Trafford NZ/412001 R.N.Z.A.F. Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
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 I.W.M.)
The others from 164 Squadron lost:
Typhoon Ib PD457 Flown by Sq/Ldr. Waddy D.F.C. taken P.o.W.
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)
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.