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08th November 1942 122 Squadron Spitfire F.IX BS349 W/O. II Foreman

Operation: Circus 235

Date: 08th November 1942 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 122 Squadron (motto: Victuri volamus 'We fly to conquer')

Date: 08th November 1942

Type: Spitfire F.IX

Serial: BS349

Code: MT-?

Base: RAF Hornchurch, Essex

Location: Dunkirk, France

Pilot: WO II Gordon James Foreman R/78053 RCAF Age 20. Killed


For the Circus Operation on this day they were escorting 38 x B-17’s that were to bomb Fives/Lille with 12 other B17’s on a diversion raid to Abbeville/Drucat. The entire Gruppe from JG26 were scrambled as well as others from III./JG2. Despite 7 Spitfires being shot down, the escort defended the bombers well.

Engaged and shot down over Dunkirk. The young Canadian pilot was killed.

The others lost on this operation:

165 Squadron - P/O. George Cruise Griffin 118532 RAFVR flying Spitfire Vb EP381 shot down over the channel. Body recovered.

306 Squadron - Sgt. Zygmunt Rozworski 793164 PAF flying Spitfire IX BS432. Lost without trace over the Channel.

350 Squadron F/O. Georges Deltour 100651 RAF flying Spitfire Vb EN773. Hit but managed to force land at Manston.

401 Squadron - Fl/Lt. Donald Robert Morrison J/15475 RCAF flying Spitfire IX BS202. Shot down and taken PoW. Leg amputated and repatriated. Further details here.

401 Squadron - F/O. Douglas Russell Manley J/9358 RCAF flying Spitfire IA BS391. Shot down and killed. Further information here.

421 Squadron - Sq/Ldr. Frank Cameron Willis 40332 RAF flying Spitfire Vb EN779. Shot down over the Channel, body not recovered.

421 Squadron - Fl/Sgt. Clifford Arthur Davis R/101411 RCAF flying Spitfire Vb BL896. Shot down over the Channel, body not recovered.

Burial details:

WO II Gordon James Foreman. Merville Communal Cemetery Extension. Plot 2. Row B. Grave 4. Son of James and Elizabeth Foreman, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; husband of Laurette M. Foreman, of Toronto. Grave inscription: 'Let No Bomb Or Shell Disturb His Sleep; He Died So Young God Bless Him'.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to with thanks to Francois Dutil, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 13-05-2021

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