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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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175 Squadron Crest
16.04.1942 No. 175 Squadron Hurricane IIb BE485 Fl/Sgt. Bricker W. Forman

Operation: Ramrod 2

Date: 16th April 1942 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 175 Squadron

Type: Hurricane IIb

Serial: BE485

Base: RAF Warmwell, Dorset

Location: English Channel

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Bricker Wilson Forman R/83059 RCAF Age 20. Killed


The first operational sortie for the squadron that took over the aircraft from 402 squadron when they went over to the Spitfire Vb.

During this Ramrod operation his Hurricane developed a Glycol leak, forcing Fl/Sgt. Forman to ditch. Rescue craft were dispatched to pick him up, as he had been seen in a dingy. Sadly when they finally found him he had already died.

Hurricane BE485 during service with 402 Squadron (courtesy Chris - see acknowledgements)

Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery - photographed by webmaster in 2013. This and the photo of the grave of Fl/Sgt. Forman is available at a higher resolution to relatives - please dont hesitate to contact us.

Burial details: 

Fl/Sgt. Bricker Wilson Forman. Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery. Sec. C. Cons. Grave 8999. Son of Gordon Maurice and Edith Jane Forman, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Born on September 07th, 1921. Grave inscription reads: 'True to his King and his country was his glory.'

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Also to Chris of the AV Canada Website forum for the photo of Hurricane BE485.

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