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    Hello,

    Could someone tell me the circumstances in which R/175338 Flight Sergeant Murray (RCAF) lost his life in a Halifax III of 76 Squadron during the early hours of D-Day? Thank you.
    Norman



    ..................................Later, have now found all I need except how was it shot down?

    Norman
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    Norman

    According to BCL by Chorley he was shot don between Ver-sur-Mer and Grays-sur-Mer tasked to bomb coastal batteries at Mont Fleury

    HTH
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    Thanks Mutley,
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    Hello Mutley,

    Does the BCL mention how it was shot down?

    Norman

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    Hi Norman,
    ORB Summary for the attack states...... Apart from light flak over the enemy coast, no other defences were encountered.
    The bombing heights for the aircraft concerned, ranged from 11,500ft, down to 9000ft. As no defences were encountered, one possibility (only possibly) could be a case of being hit by bombs from a higher level
    Alan.

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    Thanks Alan,

    I hadn't thought of friendly bombs

    Norman

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    Norman

    BCL doesn't give any detail, 78 Squadron were also operating and the Breighton Station Operational Record Book mentions that there was 10/10 cloud in the target area and "very little flak was experienced in T/A and not much fighter opposition." Despite this one of the Squadron aircraft Halifax III EY - A was badly damaged by by flak although this is not recorded in the Squadron or Station ORB but it does feature in Air 14-3460 Damage Reports file. I'm sure Bill Chorley had a reason for stating "shot down" but as Alan has already mentioned they could have been hit by bombs from above, especially as all aircraft (regardless of Squadron) were carrying entirely HE loads, it is also possible that they had a mechanical or structural failure or that they collided with another aircraft.

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    As a matter of interest what time was 76 Squadron over the target?

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    Hi Brian,

    Our paths cross again! This is the same crash that we correponded about on the board a while back. I believe the action over Mont Fleury was sometime in the early morning, a few hours before the landings. I will check my files and post the details.
    David

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    Hi Brian,
    Ranging from 04.35 to 04.50

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