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    Default Stirling LJ448, 218 Squadron loss, April 1944.

    I've been passed some photographs showing the crew of Stirling LJ448 of 218 Squadron, lost on a raid to Chambly railway yard on April 20th 1944. The pilot, F/Lt Gregory Doolan was killed, as was the Flight Engineer, Sgt Cecil Bishop.

    I'd be interested to ascertain if they fell to a nightfighter or flak. Any leads apreciated.

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    Andy

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    Hi Andy,

    I have the E & E Reports for F/Sgt D Pepall rear gunner and P/O F O'Neill the crews wireless operator aboard Stirling LJ448, 218 Squadron. (WO208 file).

    I have details via the association on this loss, if you contact me off board I will be happy to pass on an address.

    Regards

    Steve
    No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Association Historian
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    Hi Andy,

    According to Theo Boiten's book Nachtjagd War Diaries, no claim was put in for this loss so the most likely reason was due to Flak. A report in the NAA states that as they were releasing their bombs a large explosion occured in the nose of the aircraft. If you could contact me on harley.158ATbigpond.com replace the AT with the usual.

    Regards,

    John.

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