On 1944-05-19, Pilot M E Blackstone (Squadron Leader, RAAF) with an unknown servicenumber, flew a Spitfire IX with serial MK801 A for this duty: Rodeo 148. His mission was not completed. Circumstances of the aircraft loss: Damaged. This aircraft was a part of squadron no. 165. The location for the map is the English Channel. Circumstances at the end of this mission for Blackstone: he died, but circumstances of death are unknown. There is no commemoration location known.
Bruce J Michell: Glad to say that on 19th May 1944, Blackstone's Spitfire Mk.IX MK801 SK-A was damaged by flak south of Sizun, but he managed to return safely. He was posted from 165 Squadron on 5th November 1944 to 11 Group HQ. Source, 165 Sqdn. Operation Records Book, Nov. 44.
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