In Memory of

George Edward PROUTING

Pilot Officer
175505
Pilot
616 Squadron

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

who died on
Monday 22 May 1944. Age 22

Additional Information:
Son of Gilbert and May Prouting, of Cosham, Hampshire.

Cemetery:
EQUILLY CHURCHYARD, Manche, France.

Location:
The village and commune of Equilly is 16 kilometres east of Granville, a town on the west coast of the Cherbourg peninsula, and on the road (N.24b) from Granville to Villedieu-les-Poeles. The churchyard is on the eastern side of the village just over 1 kilometre north of the N.24b road. There is 1 Commonwealth burial of the 1939-1945 war here, near the southern boundary, 18 metres west of the entrance gate.

Circumstances:
In Fighter Command Losses of Second World War by Norman L R FRANKS, Midland Publishing, George Edward is Flight Sergeant.
In this book is written: George Edward PROUTING was flying in Spitfire VII MD108 YQ-'E' of 616 Squadron, RAuxAF.
Mission: Rhubarb 256, pm (*).
Flak from train at Folligny Marshalling Yards, Manche.
Crashed in flames.

Note: On 22 May 1944, George Edward PROUTING flew with 3 other Spitfires of 616 Squadron. They flew over Folligny and Avranches in Normandy, Dol de Bretagne, Rennes and Lamballe in Brittany (from 02h57pm to 05h06pm).
They attacked the train, mentioned before, in Folligny near Granville, Normandy and a radar station near Cérences, also near Granville.

 

(*) Rhubarb : Small scale freelance fighter sorties against ground targets of opportunity.

 

 

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