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25th July 1943 152 Squadron Spitfire Vc JL245 F/O. Marshall

Operation: Sweep

Date: 25th July 1943 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 152 Squadron (motto: 'Faithful Ally') 322 Wing. 211 Group. Northwest Africa Tactical Air Force

Type: Spitfire Vc

Serial: JL245

Code: UM-?

Base: Lentini, Sicily

Location: Milazzo, Sicily

Pilot: F/O. Reginald Arthur Marshall NZ/413226 RNZAF Age 24. Killed


Taking off at 10:15 hrs. with the squadron to intercept large numbers of enemy transport and fighter aircraft as they attempted to land in the Bay of Milazzo.

Large numbers of enemy aircraft were claimed but JL245 failed to return.

The pilots body was recovered from his Spitfire at Cape Milazzo and initially buried at Messina.

On the 29th June 1942 F/O. Marshall was on the British motor merchant ship the Waiwera bound for Liverpool. At 06:10 hrs the unescorted ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-754 captained by Lt. Hans Oestermann about 400 miles north-northwest of the Azores. Seven crew members and one gunner were lost, 96 survived.

The survivors, including 15 members of the RNZAF were rescued by the Norwegian ship the Oregon Express and landed at New York.

Burial details:

F/O. Reginald Arthur Marshall. Catania War Cemetery. Grave IV.L.47. Born on the 12th August 1918 at Palmerston North. Worked as a warehouseman for Morris, Back and Matheson Ltd prior to service. Enlisted at Blenheim on the 04th June 1941. Awarded his pilots badge and received his commission on the 24th April 1942. Joined 152 squadron on the 05th April 1943. Son of Daniel and Jessie Lilian Marshall of Mt Albert, Auckland, New Zealand. 363 flying hours logged and on his 59th operational sortie when he was killed.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, U, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, AWMM, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 27-03-2021

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