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STIRLING LJ.658 (SQ.299)

STIRLING LJ.658 (SQ.299)
Author: Favrais (Guest)
Time Stamp:
17:44:26 Wednesday, September 7, 2005

I search some informationon on the circumstance of " crash"

near of RENNES BRITTANY (FR.) the 7 October 1945 for

the STIRLING LJ.658 Squadron 299 Thank you jean paul


RE: STIRLING LJ.658 (SQ.299)
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
18:25:27 Wednesday, September 7, 2005

There is no such serial number (LJ658) for a Short Stirling.

On the 7th of October 1945, Short Stirling Mk. IV s/n LJ668 of No. 299 went into a descent while in low cloud and subsequently struck the ground south of Rennes, France.


RE: STIRLING LJ.658 (SQ.299)
Author: (Guest)
Time Stamp:
01:05:33 Friday, October 7, 2005
Jean Paul,

From my trilogy 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915' (Volume Two: Fates 1943-1998)

Sat 6/Sun 7 Oct 1945


Special transport flight from Egypt to England.

299 Squadron, RAF (Shepherds Grove, Suffolk - 38 Group)

Short Stirling IV LJ668 - took off from Egypt captained by Fg Off C T Dillon, RAF, bound for England, but diverted to Rennes, France, because of high fuel consumption. On entering the circuit difficulties were encountered with radio communication between aircraft and ground, whilst approach to the airfield was hampered by a 200-foot cloud base and inadequate airfield lighting. Although homed on to the correct runway and seen from the ground, the captain could not see the flarepath when at 150 feet. He carried out an overshoot, called at 0028 to advise he had only 10 minutes fuel left and immediately crashed while turning to port, and burned out. The six crew, eight RAF, two Navy and 10 Army passengers died, three New Zealanders being amongst the latter. All 26 are buried at Rennes.

Passenger: 822452 Cpl Margery GREENFIELD, NZ WAAC - 31.

Passenger: 814774 Sgt Marie Elsie Isabel INNES, NZ WAAC - Age 26.

Passenger: 818051 Private Margaret Jean MORTLOCK, NZ WAAC - 24.

This loss is also recorded on pp504-505 of Colin Cummings 'The Price of Peace - a catalogue of RAF aircraft losses between VE-Day and end of 1945', in which he lists the names of all 26 on board (these may also be found on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission register on line at by carrying out a search under Rennes Eastern Communal Cemetery).


RE: STIRLING LJ.658 (SQ.299)
Author: Favrais
Time Stamp:
07:29:14 Friday, October 7, 2005
Hi Chris & Errol

Thank you very much for the precision on that Crash

Jean Paul