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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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272 Squadron crest
06.04.1944 No. 272 Squadron Beaufighter X LZ488 XK-H Sq/Ldr. Rene J.G. Demoulin

Operation: Patrol

Date: 06th April 1944 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 272 Squadron (Coastal Command)

Type: Beaufighter X

Serial: LZ488

Code: XK-H

Base: Alghero, Italy

Location: Mediterranean Sea, off Port-Vendres, Southern France

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Rene Jean Ghislain Demoulin 116107 RAFVR Age 23. Missing

Nav: Fl/Sgt. John Samuel Barker 626234 RAFVR Age 25. Missing


During a patrol attacking suspect fishing boats the Beaufighters wing gave way and an engine catching fire. Neither crew or aircraft were recovered.


272 Squadron Beaufighter whilst stationed on Malta (courtesy Imperial War Museum)


Above: Sq/Ldr. Rene Jean Ghislain Demoulin (courtesy Johny Recour from Belgium)

If you have any details on this loss or the crew we would like to hear from you via the add info button on this page. Some reports that it was lost attacking a Red cross ship, we are unable to confirm this.

Burial details:

Sq/Ldr. Rene Jean Ghislain Demoulin. Malta Memorial. Panel 12. Column 2. Croix Chevalier de L'Ordre de Leopold avec Palme; Croix de Guerre avec Palme et Lion. Son of Alphonse and Jeanne Demoulin, of Comblain-au-Pont, Liege, Belgium. Served in 171, 349, 235, 272 Squadrons.

Fl/Sgt. John Samuel Barker. . Malta Memorial. Panel 14. Column 1.  Son of Herbert and Mary Barker; husband of Jean Barker, of Scotstoun, Glasgow, Scotland.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Josette Bens, Mr. Alain Rosseels and Johny Recour from Belgium for further information and photographs, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 

Left: The Malta Memorial - do you have other photographs that we could use?

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