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74 Squadron Crest
27.06.1941 No. 74 Squadron Spitfire Vb W3210 ZP-N 'Malta' Fl/Lt. Sandman

Operation: Sweep

Date: 27th June 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No. 74 Squadron

Type: Spitfire VB

Serial: W3210 (Malta)

Code: ZP-N

Base: RAF Gravesend

Location: St. Omer area, France

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Warren John Sandman NZ/401412 RNZAF Age 19. PoW No: 4379 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagen and Belaria


Baled out after being shot down by Bf109's from 1./JG26 and JG26 crash landing in the St. Omer area of France.

This aircraft was purchased by the inhabitants of Malta and carried the name of the George Cross awarded Island in the Mediterranean. First flew on the 19th April 1941 - built in Eastleigh, powered by the Merlin 45 engine. Fl/Lt Warren Sandman born on the 9th November 1921. A shipping clerk prior to service.

Fighter Command losses on this day:

19 Squadron Spitfire IIb P7379 Flown by P/O. M.F. Andrews 87655 RAF shot down during the late afternoon by Me109’s - PoW No: 1375 Camp L3.
19 Squadron Spitfire IIb P7813 Flown by P/O. D.M. Cowley RAF shot down during the late afternoon by Me109’s - PoW.
74 Squadron Spitfire Vb X4668 ZP-E Flown by 23 year old, Sq/Ldr. John Colin Mungo Park DFC and Bar. 40008 RAF of Bolton, Lancashire, England - killed.
74 Squadron Spitfire Vb W3252 Flown by Sgt. Clive Geoffrey Hilken 745482 RAF shot down during the late afternoon by Me109’s - PoW No: 29537 Camp: L3.
266 Squadron Spitfire IIa P8188 Flown by 24 year old, P/O. Stanley Cook 66488 RAFVR of Northampton, England - last seen leaking Glycol after combat - killed.
266 Squadron Spitfire IIa P8185 Flown by P/O. W.H. Holland 86664 RAF, shot down during the late afternoon by Me109’s. PoW No: 1377 Camp L3.
303 Squadron Spitfire IIb P8331 RF-M Flown by 37 year old W/Cdr. Piotr Łaguna P-1287 PAF of Kędzierowo, Poland - shot down by flak near Hardelot - killed.

Burial details:

None - understood to have survived the war as a PoW.

Researcher Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered. Photo of pilot, courtesy Mark Hely - others from the Michel Beckers collection.

MB 13.08.2016

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