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Date:Saturday 3 January 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic HURI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker Hurricane
Owner/operator:208 Sqn RAF
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:northeast of Agedabia (now Ajdabiya) -   Libya
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Ordered to undertake a reconnaissance over the Agedabia-Hasseiat-Chonfus area, 2/Lt James Sterling Iddeson SAAF of 208 Sqn RAF took off at 0715 hrs, escorted by 10 Kittyhawks of 3 Sqn RAAF. At 0815 hrs the formation was attacked by Bf 109s and Iddeson's Hurricane (serial unknown) was seen to go down in flames and he was killed. He had been shot down by Oblt Gerhard Homuth of 3./JG 27, who claimed a Curtiss P-40 shot down at 0820 hrs northeast of Agedabia as his 34th victory. The RAAF pilots engaged three Bf 109s but without claims or losses.


"A history of the Mediterranean Air War 1940-1945. Volume One: North Africa June 1940 - January 1942", by Christopher Shores and Giovanni Massimello with Russel Guest. ISBN 978-1-908117-07-6
"Die Jagdfliegerverbände der deutschen Luftwaffe 1934 bis 1945, Teil 8/II: Einsatz im Mittelmeerraum November 1941 bis December 1942", by Jochen Prien & co. ISBN 978-3-923457-75-8,-james-sterling/
ORB of 3 Sqn RAAF, available on the Australian National Archives website (

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