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Franks, Richard D

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rank: F/O
status: kia
airforce: RAF    (no: 150874 )
born: United Kingdom

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Service No: 150874

From the National Archives AIR/27/987 145 Squadron ORB

6th Apr 1945 - Killed (JG166)

On return it is presumed that the five bursts of H.A.A. from ADRIA hit FLG.OFF. R.D. FRANKS aircraft at 8000 feet. His engine cut, streamed glycol and finally burst into flames.

In spite of saying he would bale out and after many entreaties to do so by the Leader, he was not seen to do so and it is feared that he went into the sea with his aircraft at M.8060.

06-Apr 1945

FRANKS, RICHARD DEREK (150874); age 20 RAFVR

Fg Off

He was killed whilst flying in Spitfire VIII, JG166 of No 145 Sqn, which burst into flames after being hit by flak near Adria. He is commemorated on the Malta Memorial.

Squadrons:

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AirforceSqdrnDate
RAF 145 1945-03-17

Aircraft:

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JF274 1945-04-01
JF419 1945-03-18
JF474 1945-03-17
JF564 1945-03-23
JF696 1945-03-24
JF838 1945-03-22
JF954 1945-03-25
JG166 1945-03-18
JG247 1945-03-28
MT713 1945-04-05

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