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    Default 97 squadron loss 11 July 1942

    I am looking for info on aircraft R5696H which I believe was a Lancaster flown by F/L Miller reported missing 11/07/1942 on a raid to Danzig. The entire crew is buried in Poland (Malbork). One of the crew was RCAF and I was looking for information on what brought the plane down.

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    Hello,

    See: http://awm.gov.au/catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z004_1.pdf

    p.463 of 534.

    And for difficulties encountered:

    http://www.97squadronassociation.co.uk/history/operations/97-squadron-operations-record-book-1942/

    Too which should be added:

    Sat 11/Sun 12 Jul 1942.
    BOMBER COMMAND.
    Raid on U-boat yards at Danzig, Poland (by 44 aircraft - 2 lost)
    97 Squadron, RAF (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire - 5 Group)
    Lancaster I R5696/H - took off at 1642 and shot down by flak near the target area. The seven crew are buried in a collective grave at Malbork, 12km SE of Danzig. Danzig was the most distant target yet attacked by the command and involved a round trip of 1500 miles.

    Captain: 36270 Flt Lt Charles William MILLER, DFC, RAF - Age 24. 1336hrs. 20th op.

    See:
    For Your Tomorrow:A Record of New Zealanders who have Died while Serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915. Volume One: FATES 1915 - 1942.
    Martyn,Errol W.
    Christchurch:Volplane Press,1998.
    p.221

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 16th October 2012 at 05:12.

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