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Edwin Tyler Hiskens, 21, 2 rated air kills, 1 probable victory, 1 probable collaboration victory and 1 enemy aircraft damaged with 249 Sqd RAF, assigned to defense of Malta, was shot down and killed aboard Spitfire Mk.Vb registration number EP340 coded TM by German ace Marian Mazurek of 1./JG 53 (30th victory).
Born in Rockhampton Queensland Australia on 11 Sep 1921 to Edwin Alfred Hiskens and Cecilia Agnes Hoare. Warrant Officer Edwin Tytler Hiskens passed away on 15 October 1942 in Battle Of Malta.
229 Sqd RAF
Defence of Malta
American volunteer with the RCAF. Landed at Luqa off HMS Eagle – flight time 3:20. Spitfire B-2 on August 1 for his first scramble over Malta. August 6 – ‘mixed with some Eyetyes’ during a 1 hour scramble in Spitfire X-V; August 15 – ‘Patrolled tanker Ohio badly damaged’. During September 1942, 'Bud' Milligan participated in three sweeps over Sicily. He recorded in his September logbook notations: “Hiskens killed; P/O Scott killed; Peters killed; Dusty Miller killed; Tim Roe killed; Micky Butler killed; Group Captain Churchill killed by flak; Bob Weaver shot down - P of W.” During October 1942, Milligan participated in twenty scrambles in twenty-four days. On October 5 he participated in a sweep over Sicily. OC ‘A’ Flight was Flight Lieutenant Art Roscoe, a former No. 71 Eagle Squadron pilot who volunteered for service on Malta (see Roscoe entries for details on his role in defection of Herbert Schmid). 'Sweep over Sicily – Roscoe and I left over there - alone.' during October: 'Bryden shot down-lost his leg; Beurling shot down and bailed out-hit in ankle; Roscoe shot up and crashed; Rip Jones killed October 17, W/Cdr. Donaldson’s hand shot off by 109. Hoagy shot up and crashed at Qrendi – killed.' On October 24, 1942, Flight Sergeant 'Bud' Milligan was shot in the ankle when the Spitfire he was piloting was attacked by a Me.109. Milligan managed to fly the damaged airplane back to base. He was sent to Cairo with other wounded pilots and spent five months recuperating. Milligan cabled his parents in New Jersey, "It's not much. I'm okay - really." Bud Milligan arrived at Malta weighing 175 lbs. and left four months later weighing 128 lbs.