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    A question please, particularly for 166 Squadron, Bomber Command, experts/enthusiasts. Does anyone by chance have the full report of the Court of Inquiry into the loss of Lancaster LM289/Y at Kirmington on its return from a raid on the Wintershall synthetic-oil plant at Lutzkendorf, Germany, on 4/5 April 1945. In a crowded circuit in poor visibility the Lancaster dived to avoid another squadron Lanc and crashed west of the airfield. The New Zealand pilot, R A Ayton, and a gunner were the only survivors, both seriously injured. NZ bomb aimer Ron Bell was among the dead. These details from Errol Martynís 'For Your Tomorrow', Vol 2. I also have from Errol the courtís finding that it could not allocate responsibility to any particular person.
    But Iíd love to have the full report. Iíd be most grateful. Thanks - Max Lambert, Wellington, NZ.

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    Was there any Canadian or Australian on board? Their service files might contain a copy. Access through the normal channels.
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Dennis,

    No.

    Errol

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    Dennis -

    Errol's beaten me to it - he's out of bed before me. But thanks for response.

    Max

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