February 3. Derry pilots. Roll of Honour

Twenty year old former law student Stanley Austin, a member of a well-known Londonderry family, was shot down over Tunisia in 1943. He was an uncle of Wendy Austin. Her father Cecil, a Spitfire pilot, took part in the Battle of Britain. Henry McCaughey, a 22 year old RM Commando from Templepatrick, had been Mentioned in Despatches ‘for outstanding services while operating with the Allied Armies in Italy’. He died in combat in Italy in 1944. Veterans remembered today include Robert Mussen from Bangor, Campbell College and QUB who rose to the rank of Surgeon Rear Admiral and was on attachment to the surgeon general of the United States Navy in Washington DC in WW2. In this prestigious appointment he forged most valuable links between the RN medical service and the USN medical service.

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