Milton Eldon Soules  – Missing since 28 August 1944

WO (1), 403 Sqdn., R/127776. Died 28 Aug 1944. No known grave. Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial. Any information appreciated.
John Bruce  


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4 thoughts on “Milton Eldon Soules  – Missing since 28 August 1944

  1. 403 Squadron – 28-8-1944 
    Author: Henk Welting (Guest) 
    Time Stamp: 
    11:38:49 12 October 2006 

    Post: 
    In “They Shall Grow Not Old” (Allison) and Vol.2 of “2nd TAF” (Shores/Thomas) is mentioned that W/O%B9 Milton Eldon SOULES, RCAF R/127776, was flying Spitfire MK846 and crashed near Beauvais, France. Also have info from a fellow historian who said that the serial was MJ572.

    “Spitfire the History” (Morgan/Shacklady) has for these serials:

    MJ572 – Sold Czechoslovakia 30-8-45

    MK846 – MAAF 16-5-45, SOC 27-11.

    What’s in the ORB for this date and W/O Soules ?

    Regards and thanks in advance for your help.

    Henk. 

    RE: 403 Squadron – 28-8-1944 
    Author: AndyLong 
    Time Stamp: 
    17:03:55 12 October 2006 
    Post: 

    Henk,

    I’m at Kew the week after next – want me to check it out for you while I’m there?

    Kind Regards

    Andy 

    RE: 403 Squadron – 28-8-1944 
    Author: Andy_Ingham 
    Time Stamp: 
    17:17:44 12 October 2006 
    Post: 
    Norman Franks Fighter Command losses Vol 3 P91 lists

    403 (RCAF) Sqd Spitfire IX, W/O ME Soules MJ376 Armed recce, PM. Hit by Flak while attacking MT in Beauvais area.

    Andy 

    RE: 403 Squadron – 28-8-1944 
    Author: Henk Welting (Guest) 
    Time Stamp: 
    09:54:00 13 October 2006 
    Post: 
    Andy Nr.1: Yes please have a look when you visit the PRO; thanks in advance for your offer.

    Andy Nr.2: Have another look FCL Vol.3, page 91: Franks has MJ572 !

    Best regards,

    Henk. 

    RE: 403 Squadron – 28-8-1944 
    Author: Andy Ingham (Guest) 
    Time Stamp: 
    14:29:34 13 October 2006 
    Post: 
    Sorry my mistake.

    I copied the wrong line oops! 

    RE: 403 Squadron – 28-8-1944 
    Author: mcmillan_p 
    Time Stamp: 
    16:29:43 13 October 2006 
    Post: 
    I think it was MJ572 and the aircraft was repaired

    MJ572:33MU 22-12-43 84GSU 13-3-44 312S FAAC 30-4-44 [Hit by flak while attacking MT in Beauvais area 28-8-44 W/O M E Soules killed] Scottish Aviation 312S 22-7-45 sold Czech AF 30-8-45

    perhaps he force landed at Beauvais, but died of injuries, but the aircraft was repairable…..

    MK846: 39MU 12-3-44 1S 14-4-44 ros 3501SU 12-10-44 MedAAF 16-5-45 SOC 22-11-45

  2. ORB

    Monday, 28 August, 1944

    And so we move.  All of the boys flew their kites down to the new location; the ground crews are coming by road.  We find ourselves at a former Jerry Airfield; quite a fair place.  The airfield itself is quite an improvement over our former landing strip at Crepon, having a concrete perimeter track but the strip itself is only a grass strip about 600 yards long.  On the way down by road, some of the ground types remarked on what a job that had been done to the Jerry transport.  They said there were vehicles and tanks of all descriptions lying in the ditches burnt out and wrecked beyond repair.  The unfortunate part of the whole day was on an armed recce this afternoon when, while attacking some Jerry transport, WO Soules was hit by flak and was last seen heading upside down towards the deck.  Milt Soules was a comparative newcomer to the Squadron and a damned good chap.

    Also

    Course 56

    http://rcafcampborden.blogspot.ca/2015/11/americans-join-rcaf.html

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