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26.04.1942 No. 601 Squadron Spitfire VcT BR125 P/O. Cripps
Date: 26th April 1942 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 601 Squadron
Type: Spitfire VcT
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Ta Qali
Location: Qormi, Malta
Pilot: P/O. Walter Ephraim Cripps J/5806 RCAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Shot down by units from 8./JG53 - pilot baled out of his spitfire but died later of his wounds.
(Further research continues)
P/O. Walter Ephraim Cripps. Malta Naval Cemetery (Capuccini) Prot. Sec. (Officers'). Plot E. Coll. grave 20. Son of Joseph B. Cripps and Lilian Cripps of Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.
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