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    Default 34 Sqd SAAF Liberator B MkVI EW165 'F' - 28/29 August 1944

    28/29 August 1944 A/c EW165 'F' on mining mission near Belgrade - shot down by night fighter and crashed in Hungary


    Crew: Capt JF Munro, Lt P St J Alexander, Lt RDM van der Spuy & WOI PA Creux - all SAAF + Sgt WH Grice & Sgt BE Lever both RAF(VR)


    All buried Budapest War Cemetery

    At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them

    'Bill Grice was my Dad's best pal and part of a scratch crew for this op!!!

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    Last edited by pzulba; 28th August 2011 at 15:10. Reason: TYPO in Title - apologies

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    Pzulba,
    Do believe serial was EW165 rather than EW195.
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    Henk.

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    Some more data on the loss of EW165, from a valued Hungarian contact.

    Took off 1940, Celone, one of five Liberators detailed to lay mines in the Danube. Hit by flak, fell in flames and exploded on crashing between Ocsény and Decs, near Mohács, at 2319. All are buried in Budapest War Cemetery. A Hungarian report states that the aircraft crashed on the property of a Dr. M. Novak, and that though several airmen baled out all their parachutes caught fire. Sgt Hancock was saved by falling into a tree, suffering a broken leg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Gunby View Post
    Some more data on the loss of EW165, from a valued Hungarian contact.

    Took off 1940, Celone, one of five Liberators detailed to lay mines in the Danube. Hit by flak, fell in flames and exploded on crashing between Ocsény and Decs, near Mohács, at 2319. All are buried in Budapest War Cemetery. A Hungarian report states that the aircraft crashed on the property of a Dr. M. Novak, and that though several airmen baled out all their parachutes caught fire. Sgt Hancock was saved by falling into a tree, suffering a broken leg.

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    David

    Are you saying that there was a 'seventh' crew member who survived? If so do you have any further details?

    My info was that for some reason only six in this crew

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    Sgt R Hancock RAFVR, survived to be taken POW. He was, i think, the mid upper gunner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Gunby View Post
    Sgt R Hancock RAFVR, survived to be taken POW. He was, i think, the mid upper gunner.

    David
    OK Thanks David

    Does anyone have any ffurther info re Hancock?

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    Pzulba

    Do you have L Isemonger's The Men who went to Warsaw ?
    Page 103 -Your crew is listed as well as Hancock - in brackets [not confirmed] Presumably he didn't get back to the sqdn if taken POW. Nothing further.

    Anne

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