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Proudman, Harold G

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rank: F/L
status: survived
airforce: RAF    (no: 151577 )
born: United Kingdom

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Harold George PROUDMAN (Known as Hank)

Service No: 151577

From the National Archives AIR/27/2072 601 Squadron ORB

17th Feb 1945

The morning’s operations commenced when 6 Spitfires took off and in sections of 2 aircraft each, made a weather recce of the forward areas. Two of these missions were carried out without incident. The third mission proved more exciting – while flying over the UDINE area, the two aircraft observed 3 enemy aircraft flying N.W. at 11,000 ft. These aircraft proved to be Me 109’s and when West of UDINE the E/a came in to attack the Squadron aircraft. The Spitfires immediately turned into the E/a, line astern and a chase followed which ended when the Me 109’s climbed up and were then engaged. F/O H.G. PROUDMAN flying one of the Spitfires engaged one of the enemy from line astern opening up from 200 yards, cannon and M.G. fire being observed on the fuselage and pieces of the enemy were seen to fall off. Then the enemy aircraft pulled up streaming black smoke, F/O PROUDMAN continued the pursuit up to 16,000 feet when the enemy turned to starboard and dived down, while still following and closing in for a further attack F/O PROUDMAN closed to within 200 yards when the enemy aircraft suddenly burst into flames, turned onto its back and finally crashed North of UDINE. During this engagement, W/O STRATTON W.W. (Canadian – R.153808) pilot in the other Squadron Spitfire, engaged another of the enemy from line astern and opened fire from at 200 yards. Cannon and M.G. strikes were observed on the cockpit and along the fuselage. White smoke commenced pouring from the E/A and it was last seen still smoking and spiraling down at 4,000 feet. W/O STRATTON was compelled to break off this engagement as he in turn was being attacked by the third E/A. He reversed the position however and chased the enemy aircraft to 35,000 feet when he lost site of it in some thick cloud. The remainder of the mission was carried out without further incident. Both pilots returned to base without injury and there was no damage to the Squadron aircraft. This is the first time that enemy aircraft had been encountered for some time. Claims for the mission were – 1 E/a destroyed and 1 E/a Probable.


4th April 1945

4 A/C flew out at 10,000 ft on armed recce - bombed 8 barges from 8/1500 ft 2 miles S of Loreo - 1 near miss - straffing attacks made - 3 barges damaged - 4x500 lbs G.P. bombs released - F/O Proudman hit by flak - crash landed in target area - failed to return

26-Jul-45 DFC Awarded (Flight Magazine)

13-May-47 Kept rank of Flt Lt (London Gazette)

1950 Hong Kong AAF Pilot Officer DFC

Squadrons:

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RAF 601 1945-04-04

Aircraft:

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RR244 UF-K 1945-04-04
EN302 1945-02-21
MJ909 1945-03-02
MK137 1945-02-14
PL352 1944-12-20
PT370 1945-01-10
PT371 1945-01-03
PT641 1944-11-06
PT761 1944-12-10
PT835 1944-12-14
PT935 1945-01-11
PV238 1945-01-29
PV321 1945-03-05
TA862 1945-02-24

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