Date: 21st July 1942 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 80 Squadron ((motto: 'Strike True') 244 Wing. 211 Group
Type: Hurricane IIB
Base: LG 92 Markaz Amriya, Egypt
Location: Marsa Matruh area
Pilot: Fl/Sgt. James Douglas Robb NZ/403989 RNZAF Age 22. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 18:45 hrs on a patrol over El Alamein. 238 squadron Hurricanes were providing top cover.
After 25 minutes on the patrol both squadrons were attacked by enemy fighters. BN462 was thought to have been shot down crashing in the area of Marsa Matruh.
Sadly no trace of the pilot could be found.
Burial and personal details:
Fl/Sgt. James Douglas Robb. Alamein Memorial. Column 266. Born on the 20th July 1920 at Invergarville. A clerk for S'land Rarmers Co-op Association prior to service. Enlisted at Levin on the 27th October 1940. Trained in Canada with pilots badge and promotion to sergeant on the 09th June 1941. Conversion training to Hurricane at 52 Operational Unit before joining 135 squadron on the 25th August 1941. Then to 185 squadron on the 17th March 1942 where he completed 28 operational sorties. Flew a Hurricane off HMS Ark Royal for Malta on the 12th November 1942. Left for Egypt by a Sunderland on the 04th April 1942. Joined 73 Squadron on the 21st April 1942. Joining 80 squadron on the 20th May 1942. Flew a further 25 operational sorties, some with 73 squadron. Son of James and Margaret Warnock Robb, of Lochiel, Southland, New Zealand. A total of 313 flying hours logged with 53 operational sorties. Credited with 2/3 enemy aircraft destroyed with 1/3 damaged.
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”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below: