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    Default New loss May 17, 1943

    Hello,

    I am looking for the new loss of a crew dated May 17, 1943.

    Other than loss of this Mosquito DZ712, 151 Sqdn, loss on May 17, 1943.



    Regards,

    Dan

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    Hi Dan:

    16/17 or 17/18?

    The 16/17th was the Dambusters raid. Also, a Wellington was lost laying mines off Brest on the 16/17 (http://lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=4685), and a Stirling the next night off La Rochelle (http://lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=2687).



    A Beaufighter of 96 Squadron was lost 16/17 on an Intruder to Chartres
    RAF 11 Gp. 96 Sqn. 1 Beaufighter VI 23.55- Ranger 0 - 0 - 0 n/a 1 Cat.Em Lost Tasked to Chartres

    Cat.Em 16.05.43 F/O A. Hunt: KIA 11 Group 96 Sqn. Beaufighter VI: Intruder to Chartres
    Cat.Em 16.05.43 F/Sgt. S.C. Fermor: KIA 11 Group 96 Sqn. Beaufighter VI: Intruder to Chartres



    A Spitfire was lost near Cabourg on the 17th:
    Cat.Em 17.05.43 Sgt. Y. Bourges: KIA 11 Group 341 Sqn. Spitfire F.IX: BS123 FW 190s Cabourg




    On the night of 17/18, another Mosquito was lost, this time over Germany:
    18.05.1943 Night Ranger 410 RCAF to Bremen from Coleby Grange . Lost without trace (FCL). F/O HO Bouchard RCAF +, Sgt WS Fyfe RAF +, both rest in Limmer British Cem, Hannover 17/18 May 1943, took off 00.36, tasked to Bremen. "Butch" Bouchard and Fyfe, a very good team who on their sortie to the Dummer Sea area on the 15th had made a spectacular haul of five locomotives, eleven freight ears, a vehicle and a light, did not return from another ranger to the Hanover-Bremen area three nights later. (http://www.rcaf.com/410squadron/410eng1.htm) Bouchard, Harry Oscar F/O (P) J10298. From Toronto, Ontario. Killed in Action 18 May 1943, age 24. 410 Cougar Squadron. Mosquito aircraft DD713 missing from a ranger operation over Deipholtz, Germany. The RAF navigator P/O W. S. Fyfe was also killed. Flying Officer pilot Bouchard is buried in the Limmer British Cemetery at Hanover, Germany. (Norman Malayney) Target was the German airfield Diepholz. DD713 attacked a train with Wehrmacht (German Army) soldiers on leave and hit a telegraph pole. A wing broke off and the Mosquito crashed between Wehrendorf and Bohmte and burnt. Bodies of the crew were almost charred and couldn't be identified at that time. The remains were brought to the airfield Diepholz and initially buried as 'unknown' in the Diepholz PoW-Cemetery. (Henk Welting)


    Hope this helps,

    Mark

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    Default F/O. 17 May 43 Dinard

    Hi Mark,


    Thanks for the answers.
    In fact I do not find that I lost research, it does not correspond to the unknown aviator discovered on a beach. Report of the gendarmerie on 18 May, the body of a Canadian airman was discovered on the beach of Saint-Cast, (west of Dinard).
    The body was buried as an F/O. Unknown to the date of 17 May 43, at Dinard burial.

    We have to find the exact location of the crash Mosquito DZ712, loss on the commune Tramain (Southeast Lamballe) far from Dinard. Report gendarmerie giving this loss, two dead, aircraft downed by AA.
    Undoubtedly mission on the railway Brest/Rennes.

    But who is this F/O unknown? Died May 17 43.

    Regards,
    Dan

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    Assuming F/O and RCAF Runnymede brings up the following:

    18/5/1943 - F/O Peter Bryson Code Pilot 7 OTU Wellington HX735

    14/5/1943 - F/O David John Macmillan Wop/AG 431 Sq. Wellington HE183 Op: Bochum

    13/5/1943 - F/O John Darty Erzinger Nav. 102 Sq. Halifax JB799 Op: Duisburg

    5/5/1943 - F/O William Angus Grant Nav. 408 Sq. Halifax HR658 Op: Dortmund

    1/5/1943 - F/O Seth James Flannery & F/O Bruce John Wright 404 Sq. Beaufighter JM124

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    The 404 Squadron Beaufighter JM124 was shot down off the Norwegian coast, near Lsiter. I'm not sure if that spelling is correct.

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