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    Default Stirling LJ652 8E-X from 295 Sqn

    Hello,

    I am looking for details about Stirling LJ652 8E-X from 295 Sqn. The sorties and pilot/crew.

    I have seen a photo of this aircraft with crewmembers on an airfield, with a great number of fuel canisters "Jerry Cans" on the grass beside the aircraft.

    I am trying to identify the airmen, time of the photo, finally their belonging to this aircraft?

    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    G'day Finn

    You can use June 1944 for a starting date to try and figure when the photo was taken. That's the month the No. 295 (B) Squadron recieved it's Stirling Mk. IV's.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Default Stirling LJ652

    Hi Finn,
    LJ652 was built by Short Bros.(Rochester and Bedford) Ltd. as part of contract A/C20008/C 4(c),serials LJ611-LJ653,delivered between March and July 1944.Issued to 295 Sqn on 16/8/44, it suffered battle damage on 19/9/44,probably on operations to Arnhem,not returning to 295 Sqn until 17/11/44.Transferred to 51 Sqn on 6/12/45,LJ652 was struck off charge 5/6/47.
    According to a sortie list in The Stirling File,which may not be complete,LJ652 flew 14 sorties while with 295 Sqn.
    Hope this is of interest,
    Regards,Mark.

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    Default Stirling LJ652 8E-X from 295 Sqn

    Hello Chris and Mark,

    Many thanks to both of you. Was this aircraft involved in the return of prisoners of war?

    I can recognize F/Sgt Eric Robert Goodare, 295 Sqn, 1622621 RAF, on the photo. He was temporary captured in Denmark until the end of the war, after Stirling IV LJ950 from 295 Sqn crashlanded on 27/4 1945.


    Best regards

    Finn Buch
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    Hi Finn

    My partner's paternal grandfather was Eric Goodare and he wants to find some information out about the LJ950 flight that went down over Denmark and landed in the ringkobing fjord. You mentioned a photo in your above post. Where is this photo if you would be kind to point me in the right direction.

    These are the photos my partner has supplied elsewhere. www.flensted.eu.com/1945046.shtml

    Thanks

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