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Archive Report: Allied Forces

Compiled from official National Archive and Service sources, contemporary press reports, personal logbooks, diaries and correspondence, reference books, other sources, and interviews.
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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: 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)

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.

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