Beaufighter KV-930 of 19 Squadron based at Biferno, Italy

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Beaufighter KV-930 of 19 Squadron based at Biferno, Italy

SAAF No 19 Sqn Beaufighter over the German occupied town of Zuzemberk

QUESTION:

Dear Sir or Madam,
I research to find any information about the following crashed-ditched.
0n 12 September 1944 a Beaufighter KV-930 of 19 (SAAF)Squadron,crashed near to the shore of Ithaki Island (Greece).Both crew members survived the crash.
My interest is in discovering further information.Any details that you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Yours Sincerely
Pavlos Lykoudis

 

ANSWER:

Beaufighter KV930 code ‘V’ of 19 Squadron South African Air Force, based at Biferno (Italy).
Reported missing on 12 September 1944 following attack on a Siebel ferry off Ithaki Island. Struck in starboard engine by anti-aircraft fire and forced to ditch in sea one mile off Ithaki Island, on west coast of Greece at 1705hrs.
15879V Lt RA Geater (pilot – SAAF) and 153915 F/O SWG Dellow (observer – RAF) both reported safe on 23 September 1944.
Steven McLean
Research Assistant to SAAF Museum, AFB Ysterplaat
Cape Town
Rep. of South Africa
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