02.06.1944 N0. 403 Squadron R.C.A.F. Spitfire IX. MK742. F/Lt. Hodgson. Location: Herbecourt France.
Mission: Ramrod 960.

Date: 2nd June 1944.

Unit: 403 Squadron R.C.A.F.

Type: Spitfire IX.

Serial: MK742.

Coded: KH -

Location: Herbecourt France.

PILOT: F/Lt. John Hodgson. R.C.A.F. J/5667. Age 22. Killed.
Son of John and Susanna Hodgson; husband of Doreen Lydia Hodgson, of Southgate, Middlesex.


One of two Spitfires lost on this Ramrod 960, F/Lt. Hodgson was tragically killed when his Spitfire IX MK742 suffered complete engine

failure which may have been due to flak, and crashed at Herbecount near Amiens. The second aircraft lost on this mission Spitfire IX

MJ229 411 Squadron R.C.A.F., flown by F/Lt. R W Orr was hit by flak, but he was able to bale out over the Channel and was rescued.

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F/Lt. Hodgson is buried at St. Pierre Cemetery, Amiens. Plot 7. Row D. Grave 13.

Page Construction by David King and Alexander King. Credits: Fighter Command Losses Norman Franks, C.W.G.C. and Find A Grave (Len).

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