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    Default 296 Squadron 5-6 june 1944

    Hello,

    I am looking for information about some of 296 Squadron Air crews on D-Day night (5 june 1944)

    F/O S.D. ONLEY
    F/O H. BULL
    P/O J.A. NICHOLLS
    F/Sgt J.BEETHAM

    Could someone help me to get the complete air crews, aircraft numbers, time up, time down for those 4 pilots?

    I have a copy of the 296 ORB for that day but the page for the 4 pilots mentionned is missing.

    Thanks for your help,

    Ludo

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    The crews (captains named in original post) were engaged towing Horsas with 6th Air Landing Bde to the French coast near Cabourg as part of Phase III of Op Tonga.

    The Albemarle serials were as shown and the glider 'chalks' and pilots are shown:
    V1813 - Onley, Chalk 44 - S/Sgt R Steele and Sgt J Green
    V1739 - Bull, Chalk 45 - S/Sgt W Jones and Sgt J Potts both POW
    V1775 - Nicholls, Chalk 31 S/Sgt G H E Nye and Sgt A Smith
    V1439 - Beetham, Chalk 36 S/Sgt L Hedgecock and Sgt C Jackson

    Bull's aircraft was shot up and his gunner was wounded. A forced landing was made at Ford but the gunner: F/Sgt L Jones died of wounds.

    This is the best I can find and it comes from: A Noble Pair of Brothers - A History of 38 Group by Wing Commander D H Wood.

    Old Duffer

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    F/O BULL's Albemarle 5/6-6-1944 V1739 ??
    Air Britain T1000-V9999 (1997 edition) for V1739: Both engines cut due to fuel mismanagement; bellylanded, Hogginton Lane, Southwick, Trowbridge, Wiltshire......21-4-1944 (could this aircraft be repaired and Air Britain incorrect ?).
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    Hello

    Bruno Lecaplain's site about No. 38 and No. 46 Group might also contain useful informations about No. 296 Squadrons and Albemarles. It was an Albermarle crash in his native area that started him in this field of research.

    http://www.raf38group.org/index

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    Hello,

    Afraid there's also a problem with V1439 - Beetham.

    V1439 fell within a cancelled Fairey Battle block. Possibly P1439.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 3rd May 2011 at 02:18.

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    Hi all,

    PM sent to Bruno and asked for his attention to this thread.

    Henk.

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    Hello,

    According to my researches F/O Bull's Albemarle on D-Day should be V1779.
    I don't have all the missions of F/O Bull but the ones I have were flown with V1779.
    Concerning F/S Beetham I have P1439 on D-Day.
    Kind regards.

    Bruno
    Last edited by Bruno; 4th May 2011 at 15:42.
    Bruno LECAPLAIN
    Raf WWII 38 Group Squadrons Reunited <www.raf38group.org>
    Stirling Aircraft Society <stirlingaircraftsoc.raf38group.org>

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