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239 Squadron Mosquito F.II HJ644 Sq/Ldr. Ernest William Kinchin

Operation: Serrate (radar supported) patrol

Date: 20/21st April 1944 (Thursday/Friday)

Unit: No. 239 Squadron (motto: Exploramus - 'We seek out') 100 Bomber Support) Group.

Type: Mosquito F.II

Serial: HJ644

Code: HB-?

Base: RAF West Raynham, Norfolk

Location: Kruishaar, Netherlands

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Ernest William Kinchin 60132 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

Navigator: Fl/Lt. Douglas Sellors 47308 RAF Age 21. Killed


Taking off at 22:00 hrs. on a Serrate (radar supported) patrol of the Olligmes / Lens / Paris area.

A very weak transmission was received by RAF Coltishall at 02:20 hrs. 'We are OK now', but too faint to establish a fix. Nothing further was heard and the aircraft came down at Kruishaar, south east of Nijkerk, Netherlands.

Left, Fl/Lt. Douglas Sellors with Sq/Ldr. Ernest William Kinchin on his left, with unknown 239 crew.

Burial details:

Sq/Ldr. Ernest William Kinchin. Amersfoort General Cemetery (Oud Leusden). Plot 13. Row 9. Grave 183. Born on the 23rd March 1918 in Birmingham. Commissioned 18th January 1941. Son of William Kinchin and Emily Kate Middleton. Husband of 'Joy' Cecile Joyce Kincin (née Foweraker - married 20th June 1942), of Kings Norton, Birmingham, England.

Fl/Lt. Douglas Sellors. Amersfoort General Cemetery (Oud Leusden). Plot 13. Row 9. Grave 184. Son of George Frederick (died 03rd September 1942) and Nellie Sellors (died 03rd February 1964), of Royal Oak, Lancashire. England. Epitaph: 'A Heartache, A Tear, A Memory So Dear. Every Day Of My Life I Wish You Were Here'.

Memorial at Kruishaar

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to AIR-27-1456-49, AIR-27-1456-50, and other sources as quoted below:

KTY 29-07-2022

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