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    Default Halifax crash 2/3 06 1944

    My uncle Francis Stendel (rear gunner) was part of a crew that included John Skinner (pilot) Jack Martin (wireless operator) Bertram Wright (bomb aimer) Peter Tannen (navigator) and Bill Hassiel? (m.u. gunner). This information comes from a photo taken in York - probably early 1944.
    I know that a Halifax crashed on 2/3 June 1944 in France with some of these men on board but my uncle was not with them as he had been injured in an ealier crash landing. If anyone can help me with the other crew member who took my uncle's place as rear gunner and what happened to the rest of the crew - I would be most grateful.

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    Can you confirm which Sqn or which base these airmen and Halifax operated from?

    Tony

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    I believe they were in 640 Squadron stationed at RAF Leconfield.

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    From Chorley's BCL the crew were lost on operations to Trappes, 4 members of the crew killed , 2 taken prisoner and 1 evaded. The crew was as follows:

    FLt Skinner killed
    Sgt C Partirdge killed
    Sgt Tannen POW
    Sgt Wright POW
    Sgt Martin Evaded
    Sgt Foulkes Killed
    Sgt Scott killed

    HTH
    Daz

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    Thanks Daz for your help

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    There is a good chance that an evasion report exists for Sgt Martin, this should be held at The National Archives at Kew. It might tell you the full circumstances of the loss of the aircraft.The report reference is WO208/3326 Report number 2910.

    rgds Daz

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