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    Default 1851465 Sgt William Thomas Hartland, 195 Sqn, WOp, KIA 11/12 Dec 44.

    Hello All
    Can anyone tell me what 195 Sqn were up to on the night of (10/11) 11/12 (or 12/13) Dec 44? Iíve got his CWGC and GRO data. The 7-man crew are all in Coll. grave 17. G. 11-14 at the Reichswald. What was the target? Which a/c? Where did it come down (and why?)? And where were the crew originally buried?
    A lot of asks, but I would be grateful for any info, or steers, however small!
    TIA
    Peter Davies
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    Hello,

    The following goes part of the way in explaining what took place on 12-12-1944:

    http://awm.gov.au/catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z006_1.pdf

    See: p.283 of 320

    Hartland was also involved in a nasty training incident on 30-9-1944, when No.1653 HCU Stirling III EF466 took off from Chedburgh for a night solo but began to fishtail to starboard. All attempts to check the situation failed and the wheels folded up as the bomber ran onto the grass. Luckily, there were no injuries on this occasion.

    F/O R M Herapath RAAF
    Sgt R C Starkey
    Sgt D J Job
    Sgt W H A Horton
    Sgt W T Hartland
    Sgt G Creaser
    Sgt D MacKinnon

    See: BCL8/138

    Col
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    Hi Peter,

    Your man was on one of four 195 Squadron kites lost on 12 December 1944. Daylight raid to Witten. A/C all took off between 1054 and 1126 hrs. Subject's aircraft was HK697 A4-C. Nothing as to cause, first burial or location of crash given.

    From Chorley's 1944 BCL, pages 508-9.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    P/O C. Taylors (HK681) debrief in the ORB states, quite a number of combats going on around and below us between enemy fighters and Lancasters. Fighters were concentrated in target are.

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