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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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174 crest

Operation: Ramrod

Date: 30th July 1943 (Friday)

Unit: No. 174 Squadron (motto: 'Attack')

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: EK134

Code: XP-?

Base: RAF Lydd, Kent

Location: Veurne area

Pilot: F/O. Vincent James Markey 119577 RAFVR Age 23. Killed


During a 'Ramrod' operation in the morning, the two Typhoons collided.

Sadly F/O. Markey was killed whilst F/O. Avery Charles Dunning J/10158 RCAF flying EK134 was taken PoW. Camp Stalag Luft Sagan PoW No: 2015.

Above: 174 Scramble at Gravesend, June 1943. L-R: F/O. A. Black (Malaya), F/O. Thomas (Canada), F/O/ Mallet, Sgt. Burton (Canada), F/O. Bridges (British Guiana), F/O. A.C. Dunning (Canada), W/O. Wetere (New Zealand)

Another Spitfire was shot down on the same operation. Fl/Lt. Julian Kazimierz Żuromski P/0350 flying Spitfire Vb BL436. Taken Pow and held at Berlin-Steglitz (Stalag 3D) but escaped captivity to Czechoslovakia. Whilst there he fought with the underground until the arrival of allied troops.

Burial details:

F/O. Vincent James Markey. Avekapelle Churchyard. South-east corner. Son of James H. and Lilian Edith Markey, of Glasgow. Grave inscription: 'Dearly Beloved Son Of James And Lilian Markey Of Glasgow, Scotland'.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Julian Proddow for photograph, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 02-03-2021

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