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Aussie Spitfire Pilot's Remains Discovered in Cornwall

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  1. The_Historian

    The_Historian Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "The remains of a heroic RAF Spitfire pilot have been discovered nearly 80 years after he died in a mid-air crash.
    Squadron Leader Daniel Cremin was killed in 1942 after his fighter collided with another plane.
    A year before, the 25-year-old Australian flying instructor had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by King George VI for his bravery in action.
    Following the discovery of his remains on land near St Erth, Cornwall, an inquest will now be held by a coroner into the circumstances of his death
    Records reveal that Squadron Leader Cremin, who was born in Sydney, joined the Royal Australian Air Force before transferring to the RAF.
    He served with 127 Squadron in the Middle East and then with 252 Squadron. By 1942, he been assigned to command 66 Squadron, which, at the time, was based at Portreath.
    Reports suggest that he died after colliding with another Spitfire plane on March 24, 1942, during a training flight.
    The other pilot, William Norman, was also killed and is buried at St Illogan Church at Illogan in Cornwall.
    His son, Mark Cremin, who lives in East Sussex, said he was informed last year that bones had been found by a metal detectorist on farm land.
    He was just two years old at the time of his father's death."
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  2. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

    Dec 1, 2010
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    Thanks Gordon...

    And congratulations on the Centenery of the RAF...
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