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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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403 Squadron Crest
28.06.1944 No.403 Squadron R.C.A.F. Spitfire IX MJ988 F/O. Lanfranchi loss

Operation: Patrol

Date: 28th June 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 403 Squadron (RCAF)

Type: Spitfire IX

Serial: MJ988

Base: Advanced landing strip: B2 / Bazenville

Location: Falaise, France

Pilot: F/O. James Leon Lanfranchi J/18918 RCAF Age 26. Killed


On a beachhead patrol in the early morning when following combat with Fw190 the engine failed. 

F/O. James Leon Lanfranchi - taken in around March - June 1941. (courtesy Jane Chilvers)


Memorial to F/O. Lanfranchi in Proussy, France (courtesy Philippe Corve)


Right: Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery (courtesy CWGC)

Burial Details:

F/O. James Leon Lanfranchi. Bretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery. Grave: XXVIII.H.2. Son of Guido Lanfranchi, and of Martha Lanfranchi, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.

With thanks to the following: Jane Chilvers (Photo of Lanfranchi), Phillippe Corvė (memorial photo's) "Fighter Command Losses" - Norman Franks, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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