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    Hi all,
    I am looking for information relating to the destruction of Boston's 342 (FF) Squadron. June 27, 1943, a Boston crashed north east of Skegness.
    His crew consisted of Dugot, Maria, Mara Napatu and Dres. Dres was killed.
    I need to know
    - The mission in which he participated (practice or operation in Europe (?)
    - The code and the serial of Boston if possible.

    Thanking you in advance,

    it was my first post .....

    Michel.

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    Hello

    It was a training flight. It's not a crash on the ground, actually, sous-lieutenant Dugot ditched the plane on the North Sea, 5 miles off Skegness. Navigator Pierre Drès fractured his skull during the ditching, and subquently drowned.

    The plane individual letter was "G". I would have to check Air-Britain's books to find the serial number of that Boston, but I'm sure other forumites will beat me to it.

    The Groupe Lorraine was declared operational the day after.

    Joss

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    Form 1180 for BZ268 gives the location as 53 14N 00 28E

    Dugot is listed as captain.

    Ditched 12:07 hrs, 1 hour 15 mins into the training flight.

    JUNE 27TH. - SKEGNESS, LINCOLNSHIRE.
    At 12.7. P.M. the coastguard telephoned that an aeroplane had crashed into the sea off Chapel, and the motor life-boat Anne Allen was launched at 12.37 P.M. A light N.E. wind was blowing, with a ground swell. Five and three-quarter miles N.E. of Skegness pier the life-boat found the crew of a Boston aeroplane. Two were in a dinghy. One had a broken spine and the other injuries to his legs. A third was in the
    water, attached to the dinghy by a line. He was dead. With difficulty the life-boat took all three on board and took them to Skegness where they were sent to the R.A.F. hospital. Two of the airmen were French and one Tahitan. The life-boat also brought back some gear, including two dinghies, and handed it over to the R.A.F. She returned to her station at 2 P.M. - Rewards, £6 7s.
    (Source: RNLI Records of Service 1939-46)

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    Thanks Ross and Joss for these nice answers about the Lorraine subject ....


    Michel

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    Not wishing to confuse the issue, but does BZ376 enter into the reckoning at all?

    From ABS (supported by Joe Baugher's site):

    BZ376 342s - Ditched off Skegness on 27-Jun-43

    ABS information on BZ268 (such as it is) supports that given above by Ross

    So, did 342s lose two aircraft that day, in broadly similar circumstances?

    dg

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    Hello,

    No, 342 lost only one aircraft that day. The "Journal de marche" only gives the individual letter 'G'. I don't have the Squadron ORB for that time frame.

    Joss

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    Error in ABS for BZ376.

    There is only one card raised for Boston from No.342 Sqn on that day and 376 is not it.

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