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    Default 166 squadron Lancaster Pilots K.I.A 1943: Sgt Bartley, F/O O'Brien and F/O Pollett

    Can anyone out there help me with any information about the following Lancaster Pilots who were killed in action with 166 squadron in the final quarter of 1943;

    Sgt Donald Bartley 13211459 of Dulwich Village,London.Missing 20/10/1943 Leipsig in Lancaster LM312

    F/O Desmond Henry Patrick O'Brien 55024 of Clonmel,Co Tiperary,Irish Republic.Missing 26/11/43 Berlin in Lancaster DV387

    F/O Peter Walter Robert Pollett 133390 of Portishead,Somerset.Missing 16.12.43 Berlin in Lancaster ED411

    I have the details from the ORB,CWGC ,Chorley,Wings of war etc but anything else(ie crash investigation reports?) would be great. The frustrating thing is that I have a group photo from from an O.T.U which may contain these men but I cant i.d them.
    I hope that didnt sound arrogant when I said what info I already have but I dont want to waste peoples time!
    Cheers and yours in hope,Barnsley

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    Were there any Australian's or Canadians on their aircraft? if so have you obtained their service fiels from the respective countries??
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Hi,

    Checking the London Gazette :-

    526442 Cpl D.H.P O'BRIEN commissioned Pilot Officer 55024 27.2.43 Gazette issue 36017 14.5.43
    (his NCO number tells me he enlisted in the RAF around November 1935 !)

    1585035 LAC P.W.R POLLETT commissioned Pilot Officer 133390 10.11.42 Gazette issue 35868 15.1.43
    (his NCO number tells me he enlisted in the RAFVR around late 1941 early 1942 ?)

    Mark

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    Many thanks Dennis and Mark. are the Aussi and Canadian files available on line and do you have a link?

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    The Australian ones may be online, go to the Australian national archvies website, enter their record search facitity and search there for the RAAF serial numbers of any RAAF men on your three aircraft. If the fiels are scanned you can view them, if not you can sign up and they will scan the images for you for about 15 Euro I think, long time since I commishioned one.
    http://www.naa.gov.au/ and click on 'search the collection' and then search as a guest

    For Canadian records visit their website and request usign the contact details there.
    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogie/022-913.001.03-e.html

    have you poppad a letter into the local newspaper of the town each man was from? Might turn up a relative.
    Dennis Burke
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    Re: F/O D.H. P. O'BRIEN:

    The files of AUS425347 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) Francis Edward NOWLAND RAAF at the NAA (A705 & A9301), are not digitised.

    NOWLAND was the Mid-Upper Gunner on O'BRIEN'S No.166 Sqn. Lancaster I DV387.

    The following, "might" be of interest:

    www.awm.gov.au/catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z006_1.pdf

    See: p.184 of 320.

    Col.
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    Hello,

    The book "On wings of war" only stated that they failed to return.
    The first one was a collision between 2 bombers of 166 sqn only one survivor taken POW

    For F/O Pollett there is a photo of the crew.

    Best regards
    René

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    Hi Rene,can you run that past me again.Which pilot was lost in a collision?where does this information come from? Where is the Pollett picture?
    Thanks ,Barnsley

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    Hello,

    My mistake about collision, in fact 166 sqn lost 2 aircraft the one from Sgt Bartley and the second one
    LM341 from F/Sgt Athey. The only survivors was Sgt Hutchens W/O from LM 341.
    Sorry if I have confused you.

    The picture from FO Pollett and crew stands on page 45 of the book "On Wings of War"

    If you need the photo can you send me an Email and I scaned it for you.

    Sorry again for the confusion

    René

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    Hi Rene,thanks for getting back to me.I was a bit confused there.I have 'Wings of war'.Incidentally the photo purportedly showing the Pollet crew is in fact a picture of another crew of F/O Harold Mitchell all killed (except an absent air gunner)in a crash during an air test on 17.11.43.

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