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    Default 1395416 Sgt D L Smith 10 SQUADRON

    Hi
    With regard to the above airman he lost his life on the 30 31st Marrch on the Nurembergh Raid I have the O R B S For 10 Sqadron from January 1944 until the end of July 1944 His crew Is only mentioned once in these O R B S and that iis the op in which he lost his life was this his first op ? Was he with another sqadron prior to 10 Squadron
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    Harold Dummer

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    One suggestion is to check the ORB's to see when the officers in the crew transferred to 10 Squadron. These are normally shown in the monthly summary (540).

    The officers shown as lost on that flight were P/O WTA Regan and W/O WS Norris.

    This may give you an idea of when the crew transferred from their previous posting which was probably an HCU if this was their first operational squadron.

    However, this will not provide a definitive answer; the only way of really finding out is to get the service records.
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Hello,

    Martin Middlebrook, in "The Nuremburg Raid" (Allen Lane,1980 rev.ed.,rep.) p.336, mentions that the crew of No.10 Sqn Halifax III LV881, were on their 5th operation when lost.

    The A705 of AUS38770 F/Sgt (Flt. Eng.) Ernest Hugh BIRCH RAAF is digitised. Take a look here:

    http:naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=1063219

    The comments of the Canadian navigator (Norris), on p.19 of 74, are interesting. See also the No.3 M.R.E.U. Report on p.15 of 74.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 10th April 2012 at 01:54.

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    Default 139541 Sgt D L Smith

    HI Chaps
    I would like to thank you both for the info you have given me regarding the above airman the amount of Infomation I have obtained Is unbelievable and I think the fact that most of It came from the Australian Achives is amazing once again a million thanks
    Harold Dummer

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