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This pilot flew Spitfire fighter aircraft for the RCAF / RAF (60% of all RCAF personnel served in RAF units at some point) in WWII, this record has come from the database of Mr. Halliday, a Canadian military historian.
This Pilot's entry: cause of death was kia, burial location Malta Memorial, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org) may have more information on family.
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The following comes from a link on the right from the ORB detailing action on the day PO Murray was killed over Malta;
AIR RAIDS DAWN 22 APRIL TO DAWN 23 APRIL 1942
Weather Strong south-westerly wind. 100% medium cloud.
0435-0500 hrs; 0728-0759 hrs Air raid alert sounds for incoming aircraft: nothing transpires.
0915 hrs 36 enemy bombers with fighter escort approach the Island. Four Spitfires 601 Squadron are scrambled from Luqa to intercept incoming enemy aircraft: one JU 88 probably destroyed.
0932 hrs 11 JU 88s drop bombs from a high level on Luqa near Schinas Reservoir, and on the Safi strip. One Wellington is damaged by shrapnel.
0945 hrs Three guns of 225 Light Ack Ack Battery engage one JU 88: hits claimed.
Seven Spitfires 249 & 603 Squadrons are airborne from Ta Qali and see 20 JU 88s heading inland over St Paul’s Bay. They attack. Four Spitfires return to Luqa after a few minutes. P/O West (249) attacks a second wave of JU 88s, damaging one, and also later attacks and damages the reconnaissance aircraft. F/Sgt Hurst destroys one ME 109. P/O Murray does not return. Two Spitfires crash on landing: pilots unhurt. Total destroyed 1; damaged 2.