On 1942-07-21, Pilot D F Randell (Flight Sergeant, RAF) with an unknown servicenumber, flew a Spitfire Vb with serial AB905 for this duty: Rhubarb. His mission was not completed. Circumstances of the aircraft loss: Abandoned. This aircraft was a part of squadron no. 111. The location for the map is the English Channel. Circumstances at the end of this mission for Randell: he died, but circumstances of death are unknown. There is no commemoration location known.
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My name is Steven Frank Randell born 29 Jan 1953. I am the son of Denis Frank Randell born 28 July 1921. I was just visiting my younger brother in Calgary and we were looking through my fathers RAF Flight Record books. I thought after he left I would query the internet to see some of the fighters, bombers and cargo planes that he would have flown when I came across the above noted. What a surprise. He was a Cpl. in 1941 so its no stretch of the imagination to be a Sgt. in 1942. His Flight Records show him as being in No. 111 Squadron and I know of his ditching in the English Channel on at least one occasion by a Parachutist Club card he had at his death in 1974. This card unfortunately was stolen in a house burglary in the 80's but my cousin in England is in possession of a letter, which I am trying to retrieve from her, describing the event to his mother. He mustered out of the RAF in 1947 and later immigrated to Canada in 1950. My father never talked about his experiences in the war so any information is exciting and welcome. Attached is a picture of him in Flight Training 1940.