Le 5 août 1944

Île de Bréhat

Spitfire LF.IX MK895

Codé SH-?

Flying Officer. THORPE ALAN. 64 Royal New Zealand Air Force

Spitfire Mk IX of 64 Sqdn.

T/O Harrowbeer 10.45 hrs

Hit by flak from an armed trawler. F/O A. Thorpe left a/c over sea near Ile de Bréhat (Lezardrieux).

Rescued by ASR-Walrus - W 3038 - 276 sqn - 12.15u (Bolt/Devonshire - crew: F/Lt G.R. Johns, F/Sgt E. Perry en W/O Evans).

5-8-1944 No.64 Sqn. Spitfire LF.IX MK895. Escorting Lancasters, pm. Flak from armed trawler; baled out over the sea and picked up by ASR. 814121/(131044) F/O Alan THORPE RAFVR - Safe


See: FCL3/77 Need positive ID of pilot. Col. Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 13th December 2012 at 14:13.

I've had a quick look at Errol Martyn's book: "For Your Tomorrow" and I wonder if you have the right man?


Errol's entry for 5 Aug 44 refers to a 64 Sqn Spitfire LFIX serial MJ454 being shot down off Lezardrieux by flak. The pilot is shown as NZ41992 Flight Lieutenant Henry Joseph MEHARRY age 27 RNZAF. The sortie was titled RAMROD 162 and it was escorting bombers to bomb the U boat pens at Brest.


Volume 3 of "For Your Tomorrow" shows a Flying Officer Noel Humphrey Thorpe but he was a bomber aircrew and died on 26 Feb 45.


Colin Cummings