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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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43 Squadron Crest
28.02.1933 No. 43 Squadron Hawker Fury K1936 P/O. Rolph

Operation: Training

Date: 28th February 1933 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 43 Squadron

Type: Hawker Fury I

Serial: K1936

Base: RAF Tangmere, Sussex

Location: Halnaker, Sussex

Pilot: P/O. Robert Vincent Rolph RAF Age 20. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a training operation, P/O. Rolph collided with another Hawker Fury K1933 flown by P/O. Colin Campbell McMullen also from same squadron. P/O. McMullen managed to land suffering only slight injures. 

P/O. Ralph was killed when his aircraft crashed about a mile from Halnaker near to his base. 

A comprehensive history of 43 Squadron is covered in the book ’The Fighting Cocks’ originally written by Jimmy Bedle with the latest 352 page, 3rd edition by both Jimmy and Norman Franks. Published by Pen and Sword in 2010. ISBN No: 978-1848843851.

Burial details:

P/O. Robert Vincent Rolph. Chichester Cemetery, Sussex. Son of Harold Rolph and Clementina Hughes of Montreal, Canada. Educated at Loyola College Montreal, Canada (now Concordia University) and entered the RAF in 1931. Obtained the Sword of Honour at Cranwell.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot. With thanks to sources quoted below.

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Acknowledgements
Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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