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    Default 138 Squadron loss 12 July 1944

    Does anyone have the 138 Squadron ORB? If so, could they supply from it the full crew of Halifax LL251, captained by F/Lt H Walker DFC, which took from Blida to carry out a special duties drop in southern France en route for Tempsford, from which it had flown earlier on an SD drop, carrying on to Blida. The port outer engine failed, and the pilot turned back to Blida, jettisoning cargo, but still unable to maintain height. When the Halifax ditched F/O M A Farr drowned, while the rest of the crew was rescued soon afterwards.

    The AHB can supply only Walker and Farr's names, and Colin Cumming's book does likewise. My hope is that someone with the 138 Squadron ORB can give me the full crew list.

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    David

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    David,

    See: BCL5/326

    See also: airforce.ca/uploads/airforce/2009/07/ALPHA-WA.ONE.html

    Scroll down to WALKER,Harold Allen (3-entries).

    Also useful:

    harringtonmuseum.org.uk/Aircraft lost on Allied Forces Special Duty Operations.pdf

    See: p.266 of 528 (11/12.7.44).

    Col.
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    Col.

    Many thanks.

    David

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    The other crew engaged on PERCY 19 were:
    Fg Off J Cacchioni RCAF
    Plt Off C D Johnson
    Sgt W Wall
    Sgt W J Stoneham

    'Agents by Moonlight' also records a chap called Flt Sgt Coulson but I've found out nothing about him at all.

    As a source book for all things 138 and 161 Sqns, I have found Freddie Clark's book an absolute goldmine of data and narrative and I cannot recommend it too highly to researchers of UK based SD work.

    Colin Cummings

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    Thanks, Colin. I have from the data Col referred me to, a Sgt Coulson in the rear turret.

    David

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