13.07.1942 No. 401 Squadron Spitfire Vb BM650 F/O. J.R.C. Tyre
Operation: Circus 199
Date: 13th July 1942 (Monday)
Unit: No. 401 Squadron (The Rams)
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Biggin Hill
Location: Somme Estuary, France
Pilot: F/O. James Russell Courtney Tyre C/1370 RCAF Age 25. Killed
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Frank Alexander Duff R/78406 RCAF Age 23. Killed
We are extremely grateful to François Dutil (438 Squadron Archivist) for supplying photographs and information to Aircrew Remembered in October 2017. All photographs shown within this page are available to relatives at a higher resolution (as are most of those named within this page) - courtesy of François.
REASON FOR LOSS:
During an operation in the late afternoon escorting 12 Bostons from 88 Squadron to bomb Boulogne these two aircraft collided over the Somme Estuary - although both claimed by JG26 unit.
All the bombers returned safely.
In the map of operations above - inserts top left, Fl/Sgt. Duff and below, Fl/Lt. Tyre.
Also lost on this operation Spitfire Vb BM182 of 602 Squadron - Flown by 30 year old, P/O. Edgar Mostyn Innes-Jones NZ/40769 RNZAF - missing believed killed.
Above L-R: P/O. Tucker, Fl/Lt. Neal DFC, Fl/lt. Tyre, Sgt. Pope, F/O. Blakeslee, Sgt. McLennan DFM. Front: P/O. Witham DFC.
Above rear: Sq/Ldr. Douglas, Fl/Sgt. Macdonald, F/O. Merritt, Fl/Sgt. Gimbel, Fl/Sgt. Flander, Fl/Lt. Harley, Front: Fl/Sgt. Duff, P/O. Northcott, Fl/Sgt. Denison, P/O. Ferguson.
Above: Fl/Sgt. McLennan DFM, P/O. Morrison, Sgt. Mathewman, Fl/Lt. Tyre, Fl/Lt. Neal, P/O. Tucker, P/O. Smither, P/O. Whitham, Fl/Sgt. Cosburn, Fl/Lt. Merritt, Fl/Sgt. Gimbel, Fl/Sgt. Duff, Sq/Ldr. Hodson, P/O. Ferguson.
F/O. James Russell Courtney Tyre. Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension. Plot 7. Row A. Grave 5. Born on the 12th April 1917 the son of Cecil Watson Claire Tyre and Gertrude Ellen Tyre and husband of Frances M. Tyre, of Saanichton, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Fl/Sgt. Frank Alexander Duff. Villeneuve-St. Georges Old Communal Cemetery. Grave 113B. Born on the 15th May 1919, the son of Peter A. Duff and Esther J. Duff, of South River, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription reads “In The Shadow Of His Wings There Is Rest”. Also remembered on the family grave as shown at the South River Cemetery, South River, Ontario, Canada.
P/O. Edgar Mostyn Innes-Jones. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 114. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist further?
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Francois Dutil and sources as quoted below: