Pilot Officer Ian Fraser Preston

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Pilot Officer Ian Fraser Preston

Post by georgetanksherman » Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:19 pm

Not sure if there is any other info out there on Pilot Officer Ian Fraser Preston, R.C.A.F., J/15388, R.A.F. No. 126 Squadron Killed in Action in defense of Malta on September 23, 1942. Believe it was in a Spitfire, not sure. Showing him from Glencoe, Illinois. Again, any help and assistance would truly be appreciated !

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Re: Pilot Officer Ian Fraser Preston

Post by Temujin » Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:28 am

They Shall Not Grow Old reports his Spitfire aircraft was shot down thirty miles north of Gozo.

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Re: Pilot Officer Ian Fraser Preston

Post by Temujin » Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:59 am

Not finding anything specific on him. Record below is from Malta War Diaries, but they do not indicate a aircraft lost on that day BUT lis P/O Ian Preston as a casualty that day
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Post by Temujin » Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:30 am

This record, bottom left, indicates his Spitfire was damaged by Enemy fighter
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Re: Pilot Officer Ian Fraser Preston

Post by georgetanksherman » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:59 am

Temujin, as always, Thank You for the info, as confusing as it is, but as with others that were lost from Malta, it must have been one place no one really wanted to be, and some of the info is just not known. Thank You ! Hope all is well !

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Re: Pilot Officer Ian Fraser Preston

Post by Temujin » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:28 am

Your welcome George.

Some more info on him I found while searching. He took some of his flight training at

No. 15 Service Flying Training School Claresholm (side note, I was born in Claresholm, my grandmother worked at the Station during WW2)
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Re: Pilot Officer Ian Fraser Preston

Post by Temujin » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:43 am

Clipped from Chicago Tribune, 27 Jul 1947, Sun, Main Edition, Page 72
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Re: Pilot Officer Ian Fraser Preston

Post by Temujin » Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:14 pm

Found when he arrived in Malta:

Operation Baritone August 17, 1942 - HMS Furious
32 Spitfires

1 lost on takeoff - (1118705) Sgt. William Joseph Alexander Fleming
2 lost enroute

P/O Ian Fraser Preston

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