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The aircraft served the Squadron well until the 23 June 1942. Sgt Alan Lever Ridings had taken off from RAF Hutton Cranswick to take part in a Ramrod (bomber protection) mission to Morlaix in France. Alan was escorting Boston Bombers when the family was told that another pilot from 19 Squadron had bailed out after being jumped and shot up by a FW 190. Alan had spotted the pilot landing in the sea and was circling him whilst passing details to radio operators to enable the stricken pilotís recovery. Alan was running low on fuel and was ordered back to base by his Squadron Leader who took over the job of guiding in the rescue team. Alan headed for home but never made it.

German fighters from JG2 Wing had been very active that day and a number of aircraft had been lost to the FW190ís although, German records do not make record of any Ďkillí around the time of Alanís disappearance. Joan, Alanís sister, thinks that he may have run out of fuel and had to ditch although no radio communication was received from Alan informing controllers of his need to ditch. His last recorded vector was on a heading between Berry Head and Start Point about six miles out to sea when contact was lost at 10.40 am on Tuesday 23rd June 1942. Alan was presumed missing over the sea. No trace of Alan or W3644 was ever found.

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Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7121 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 8:02 PM

Cracking story and an awsome airplane both come together nicely. We all owe a lot to these guys and what they did.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Aug 2012 - 11:32 PM

Good manip' Gerry,
and good narrative too !!
Mick.

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RLF e2 Member 4RLF vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2012 - 11:27 AM

Lovely picture and a remarkable tale of a very brave pilotSmile

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 - 2:07 PM

A fine image and tribute to both pilot and my favourite aircraft of all time.

P.

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