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    Default Sterkrade raid 18/19 Jan 1945

    Hello,
    I am a new member to this fantastic resource.
    I own a 'Captains of Aircraft' map which is annoted as "Sterkrade raid 18 January 1945, Aircraft 'C', Take off 23:00, H-Hour 01:00, Time on Target 12:59".
    I believe the airfield is Little Staughton, which would make this 109 squadron?
    The map was obtained from a relative of an Australian or New Zealander aircrew.
    Any idea of the aircraft/aircrew involved? I'd love to track down any surviving relatives.
    Copy of map section here:

    http://m.flickr.com/lightbox?id=6859462482

    Many thanks

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    There were 3 aircraft dispatched to Sterkrade from Little Staughton on Jan./18-19 1945, all from 109 Squadron for Oboe marking duties, all departed at 22:55.
    ML991 - F/L G.H. A'Court & F/L C.E. Waterman
    MM155 - S/L W.G. Foxall & F/L R.W. Powell
    RV229 - F/L G.M. Smith & F/O W.A. Jones
    Aircraft "C" would have been A Flight which eliminates Foxall & Powell. Foxall was the Flight Commander of C Flight at the time. I will check and see if I can figure our who was in A Flight between Smith and A'Court. The ORB does not usually indicate the letter code of the aircraft.
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    Just to follow up.
    Henry A'Court was RAFVR and O.C. B Flight -http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/98/a6398698.shtml
    His Navigator, Fred Waterman was RCAF .
    That leaves Smith and Jones as the most likely candidates to be in A Flight and the ones using that chart. They were both RAFVR and killed March 6 1945. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Bedfordshire/LIttleStaughton109Squadron.html. Neither was from Australia or New Zealand.
    I knew both Graham Foxall (my father's pilot at 109) and Ron Powell and they were both English as well, so none of those going to Sterkrade that night from 109 Squadron were from Australia or New Zealand.
    I would love to see copy of the chart if you can email it to me - dawallace@sympatico.ca - The link you posted does not seem to work.
    ML 991 was coded "S" on Oct.29/44 while MM 155 was coded as "R" on Nov.6/44, they are recorded that way in my father's logbook on those dates. They did change the aircraft codes from time to time.
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    Dave Wallace
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    Default Sterkrade raid 18/19 Jan 1945

    Dave,

    Many thanks for the comprehensive replies.

    The Oz/NZ connection was obviously a red herring. The map was donated during National Service in the 50's by an Aussie/Kiwi, but that of course would not necessarily make his relative, the RAF officer an Aussie/Kiwi.

    I'd be dlighted to send you a copy. It's too big for my scanner so I'll email you some pix. If they are not good enough quality let me know and I'll have the map scanned professionally.

    All the best,
    Iain Lilley

    Quote Originally Posted by David Wallace View Post
    Just to follow up.
    Henry A'Court was RAFVR and O.C. B Flight -http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/98/a6398698.shtml
    His Navigator, Fred Waterman was RCAF .
    That leaves Smith and Jones as the most likely candidates to be in A Flight and the ones using that chart. They were both RAFVR and killed March 6 1945. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Bedfordshire/LIttleStaughton109Squadron.html. Neither was RAAF or RNZAF.
    I knew both Graham Foxall (my father's pilot at 109) and Ron Powell and they were both English as well, so none of those going to Sterkrade that night from 109 Squadron were from Australia or New Zealand.
    I would love to see copy of the chart if you can email it to me - dawallace@sympatico.ca - The link you posted does not seem to work.
    ML 991 was coded "S" on Oct.29/44 while MM 155 was coded as "R" on Nov.6/44, they are recorded that way in my father's logbook on those dates. They did change the aircraft codes from time to time.
    Thanks
    Dave Wallace

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