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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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28.03.1942 No. 129 Squadron Spirfire Vb BL766 P/O. Hunter

Operation: Rodeo

Date: 28th March 1942

Unit: No. 129 Squadron (Mysore)

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: BL766

Base: Leconfield

Location: English Channel off Étretat, Northern France

Pilot: P/O. Robert Pierce Hunter J/7429 RCAF Age 21. Missing


Bob Hunter trained in Fort William, Ontario, Canada on Tiger Moths during 1941 and then at Dunsville, Ontario where he graduated with his wings. His first posting overseas was with 58 OTU at Grangemouth, Scotland. 

He finished his course on October 2nd 1941. His log book shows that his first flight with 129 Squadron on February 19th 1942, with first operational trip on March 10th 1942.

Étretat, Northern France - area of Spitfire BL766 crash. Right: P/O. Robert Pierce Hunter killed off France 1942

He was killed due to possible oxygen starvation on a Rodeo in the afternoon of 28th March 1942 and crashed into the sea off Étretat, Northern France.

Burial details:

P/O. Robert Pierce Hunter Missing. Commemorated on the Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 100. Son of Rev. W.A. Hunter, Presbbyterian Minister, Madoc, Ontario, Canada.

We appreciate the assistance with this article from George Hunter (relative of Bob). Bob's younger brothers also joined the RCAF later on, during the 1950s.

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