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    Hi all

    Could someone with the relevant A/B serials book kindly check something for me please?

    Looking at some details for a 427 Sqn Halifax which was hit by friendly fire on 6/1/1945 on an op to Hanau and landed at Woodbridge with the bomb aimer injured (hit in the face by m/g fire, believed to have come from another Halifax).

    The 427 Sqn website says it was LM130 'J' while Richard Koval's 6 Group site has it as LW130 'U'.

    Could someone please tell me what the two entries in A/B say for each of these, LM130 and LW130.

    Thanks

    Ian

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    I'm afraid I can't access my Air Britain books at the moment, but Merrick's recent Halifax volume shows there were no LMxxx Halifaxes.

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    Hi Ian,
    From A/B Serials LA -LZ series:
    LW130 was struck off charge 1st Nov 1945, while still allocated to 427 Sqn.
    LM130 was a Lancaster with 463 Sqn.
    Regards, Doug.

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    LL617-LM296 (LM100-142) was AVRO 683 Lancaster

    LV771-LW210 (LW113-143) was H.P. 61 Halifax

    Source: B. Robertson

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    Finn Buch

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    Just to add to the confusion, my notes show LW130 as "L" with 427 Squadron. Also, 427 Squadron had converted to Lancasters and left the UK long before November 1945. I assume the struck off date was just somebody catching up with paper work!

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    Bill / Ian. LW-130 was ZL-L when first taken on strength from May 7,1944, flying until Sept 12,1944, when it was severely damaged by flak over Dortmund. NP-957 filled the gap as the next ZL-L. LW-130 was brought back into service as ZL-U flying its first op on Nov 1,1944.
    Hope this helps. Richard

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    Thank you Richard!

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    Dear all

    Many thanks for those replies, and that seems to settle it. It certainly wasn't LM130 then!

    Richard - thanks especially for your excellent site and all the work you've put into it. It was really helpful in flagging up loads of cases for me to investigate further for my 'RAF Woodbridge arrivals' project. It's a pity that there aren't similarly-detailed sites for the other BC Groups.

    Yet another success from the experts on this forum. : )

    Ian

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