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    On 1st January 1945 Lancaster PA169 (467 sq.) crashed near Venray, Limburg province, the Netherlands. It's crew jumped to safety. The area was already liberated.

    Does anyone know if there are any interogation reports available and if so, where I can find these ?

    Crew were:

    F/O Bache DSO RAAF
    Sgt. Wilson
    F/S Nelson RAAF
    F/O Patison RAAF
    F/S Dreger RAAF
    F/S Court RAAF
    F/S Jay RAAF

    Thanks.
    Hans

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    Hans,

    The crew returned to Waddington on 5 January. I don't have any info regarding interrogation, however the 467 Sqn ORB commented as follows:

    AUS 434095 F/O M.G. BACHE and crew returned to base today, and we found out that they had come in for some very good A.A. work. Two or three times they were hit-one hit being in No. 1 fuel tank, and all fuel was lost. The Port Outer was also hit and it cut out near the RHINE. The loss of one motor and the power from another meant that full starboard rudder and aileron were needed in addition to full power from the starboard motors. The Port Inner gave 2/3 minutes service in order that they make our lines. Owing to excessive vibration it finally had to be cut and the crew baled out. The Wireless Op. and Flight Engineer sustained Potts fractures. The Pilot only got out at a low height, and no sooner had the 'chute opened than he hit a tree, the branches of which broke and caused him to land heavily.

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    Hi Hans,
    To add to Ken's piece above, if you look at the following links, you'll see a very detailed report From Merv Bache on the events leading to PA169's crash:

    http://www.467463raafsquadrons.com/467ORBS/Images009/DSC02446.jpg
    http://www.467463raafsquadrons.com/467ORBS/Images009/DSC02447.jpg

    Best wishes
    Max

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    Holy smoke Max, great links ! Thanks for that :-))

    All the best,
    Hans

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    Hans, Here is the citation from the LG for the DSO:
    Air Ministry, 23rd March, 1945.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry and devotion to duty in the execution of air operations:
    Distinguished Service Order.
    Acting Flight Lieutenant Maurice George BACHE (Aus.434095), R.A.A.F., 467 (R.A.A.F.) Sqn.
    This officer has completed many operational missions and has displayed high qualities of skill, courage and determination. In January, 1945, Flight Lieutenant Bache piloted an aircraft in an attack against the Dortmund-Ems canal. When nearing the target the aircraft was hit in one of the wings and in the bomb bay by shrapnel. In spite of this, Flight Lieutenant Bache went on to execute a good bombing run. Shortly afterwards the aircraft was again hit. The port inner engine caught fire and the propeller had to be feathered. The port outer engine also was damaged. One of the petrol tanks was punctured and its contents drained away. Other damage, which affected the control of the aircraft, was also sustained. Height was lost rapidly and Flight Lieutenant Bache experienced the greatest difficulty in retaining control. Nevertheless he was determined, if possible, to reach the Allied lines. To ease the strain of flying with full rudder applied, Flight Lieutenant Bache instructed another member of the crew to fasten a cable to the rudder pedal. The damaged port engine now failed completely. Still, this resolute pilot held on. As he passed over the Rhine defences at a low altitude his aircraft came under considerable light anti-aircraft fire and was hit in many places. Nevertheless, Flight Lieutenant Bache reached the Allied lines before ordering, his crew to abandon aircraft. Not until they were clear did he himself jump. He was then so low that, as he got clear of the crashing aircraft, he struck the top of a tree almost as his parachute opened. This officer displayed exemplary conduct in the face of great danger and the ultimate safety of his crew was undoubtedly due to his skill, bravery and resolution.
    Fourth Supplement (LG 36997 dated 23 Mar 45) to LG dated 20 Mar 45
    Regards, Terry

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    F/Sgt (WOp) C.J. DREGER and Sgt (Flt Eng) E. WILSON had medical treatment in a hospital at Eindhoven.

    Henk.

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    Thanks gentlemen, for all your answers.
    Have a great Easter.

    Cheers,
    Hans

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