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 Lancaster III  ME631


Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 27 Apr 44 Aircraft Name Lancaster III Serial Number ME631
Unit 207 Sqdn Operating Airfield Country
Aircrew details
Details Took off 2111 26 April 1944 from Spilsby. Following a sustained attack from a night-fighter at least six of the crew jumped from around 14000 feet leaving their aircraft to crash in the Black Forest SE of the village of Reichental 6 km SE of Gernsbach.
Source Henk Welting's Database

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Lancaster III ME631

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantRaymond Oswell WATTS (424127) Lancaster III ME631  IBCC 1944-04-27207 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyDurnbach War Cemetery

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Lancaster ME631, 207 Sqn 26-7 April, 1944[QUOTE=COL BRUGGY;22610]Hi Dave, I have not seen the contents of Watts', A705, A9301 nor his AWM65 files, all being undigitised. I know that Watts' A705 file(NAA: A705 166/43/632) contains the circumstantial report of this loss, as it mentioned in the minutes of Griffin's A705 (p.2 of 50). I have read the rather brief statements made by, Griffin (p.5 of 50), Exley(p.6 of 50) and Inganni(p.7 of 50), in Griffin's A705, and cannot deduce from their remarks, any suggestion of Watts' murder. It would be interesting to see if anyone can substantiate your belief that Watts was murdered, which in effect, would constitute a war crime. Regards, Col.[/QUOTE] Hi again Col, Yes, it would constitute a war crime. Unequivocally so. Or was it German policy to carry coffins with RAAF blouses on them in transport vehicles? Clearly, something happened to F/Sgt Watts between his departure from the aircraft and his demise. Can anybody tell me what Chorley says about the crash of ME631? Dave ....Read More.alieneyes on 24th January 2009 08:44:29
Lancaster ME631, 207 Sqn 26-7 April, 1944Hi Dave, For the record, here is Chorley:- 26-27 Apr 1944 Op:Schweinfurt 207 Sqn Lancaster I ME631 EM-K T/o 2111 Spilsby. Following a sustained attack from a night-fighter, at least six of the crew jumped from around 14,000 feet, leaving their aircraft to crash in the Black Forest SE of the village of Reichental, 6 km SE of Gernsbach. F/S Watts RAAF lies in Durnbach War Cemetery. S/L A N Jones pow Sgt R H T Exley pow F/O J A Carmichael RCAF pow F/O A A Seibel RCAF pow W/O L L Inganni pow F/O R O Watts RAAF + F/S W A Griffin RAAF pow See: Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War. Vol.5, 1944 Chorley,W.R. Earl Shilton:Midland Counties Pubs.,1997 p.195 Regards, Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 24th January 2009 09:39:46
Lancaster ME631, 207 Sqn 26-7 April, 1944[QUOTE=COL BRUGGY;22625]Hi Dave, For the record, here is Chorley:- 26-27 Apr 1944 Op:Schweinfurt 207 Sqn Lancaster I ME631 EM-K T/o 2111 Spilsby. Following a sustained attack from a night-fighter, at least six of the crew jumped from around 14,000 feet, leaving their aircraft to crash in the Black Forest SE of the village of Reichental, 6 km SE of Gernsbach. F/S Watts RAAF lies in Durnbach War Cemetery. S/L A N Jones pow Sgt R H T Exley pow F/O J A Carmichael RCAF pow F/O A A Seibel RCAF pow W/O L L Inganni pow F/O R O Watts RAAF + F/S W A Griffin RAAF pow See: Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War. Vol.5, 1944 Chorley,W.R. Earl Shilton:Midland Counties Pubs.,1997 p.195 Regards, Col.[/QUOTE] Col and Henk, Thank you kindly, gents Dave ....Read More.alieneyes on 24th January 2009 09:47:34
Lancaster ME631, 207 Sqn 26-7 April, 1944Good evening chaps, A small contribution, here's the claim for ME631 Uffz. Bernhard Kratz: 3 3./NJG6 Lancaster near Reichental, S.W. Stuttgart: 5.200 m. 01.34 207 Sqn Lancaster ME631 Cheers, Theo ....Read More.Theo Boiten on 24th January 2009 04:53:50


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