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    Default Lancaster LM379 Lost over Berlin November 1943

    Does any one have any information about the above Lancaster, lost over Berlin November 26/27 1943.
    Part of 550 squadron.
    I have a photo of the crew- from the association site.

    I am in touch with the flight engineers family.

    My thanks in advance.
    PaulH.

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    Hi Paul,

    According to Bill Chorley's Bomber Command Losses 1943 they were set on fire and abandoned near Potsdasm. Both the Bomb aimer and W/Op got out to become POWs, the remainder of the crew were killed and are in Berlin War Cemetery, with the exception of F/O G H Harris who is on the Runnymede Memorial. Sgt A K Ward's body was recovered from the River Havel.

    Theo Boiten's book does not match any night fighter claim with this loss. This was 550 Sqn first loss since it formed the day before.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Paul,

    As you are probably aware, this crew and Lanc were ex-100 Squadron's 'C' Flight. They had arrived with 100 on the 21st of October 1943 from 1662 HCU and had flown 3 Ops with the squadron before transferring to 550.

    Interestingly, the Form 78 for this Lanc makes no mention of it going to 550. Delivered to 100 on the 20th of October '43, it is shown as being SOC a few days after the loss. Admin not catching up with reality possibly? I'm not convinced she was actually a 'C' Flight Lanc, so she may well have still been a 100 Sqn Lanc anyway...
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    Thanks Greg and John. Very useful information.
    Paul.

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