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    Default Sqdn Ldr Leslie Hatcher, DFC, DFM - 129148, 83 Sqdn, died 22 December 1944

    Hi All
    Please has anyone access to the ORBs for that date?
    Regards,
    Aubrey

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    Aubrey
    Hatcher was captain of one of 17 crews selected to mark an oil plant at Politz. From the ORB.....
    The aircraft took off shortly after 16.30hrs and started returning from 02.00hrs. Weather at the base was not as bad as expected, and orders were transmitted to cancel diversion instructions, and return to Coningsby. However, at the last minute, the weather deteriorated, and although several managed to land, a large remainder had to report to Metheringham,and their "Fido" aid. Four crews were forced to land in Scotland, and look like being delayed by weather conditions.
    Sqdn/Ldr Hatcher, whilst trying to land his aircraft at Metheringham, crashed and caught fire, all the crew, save the rear gunner, P/O Ingmire, being killed. P/O Ingmire escaped with a broken arm and fractured shoulder. Sqdn/Ldr Hatcher were a primary visual and primary blind marking crew, and will be greatly missed on the squadron, on account of their good work, and also their good fellowship. Sqdn/Ldr Hatcher held the DFC and AFM.

    Lancaster PB533, "Q"...took off 16.36hrs. 3 x T.I Red. 3 x T.I green. 8 x 500lb GP. Crashed Metheringham approx 02.00hrs.
    S/Ldr L. Hatcher.
    F/Sgt H. Naldrett. F/E.
    F/Lt A.J. Booker, Nav.
    F/Lt C. Summerscales. Wop/Ag.
    P/O E. Marron. A/B.
    WO R. Goodman. Nav.
    WO F.J. Bell. A/G
    P/O M.T. Ingmire. A/G. Admitted to Rauceby hospital.
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    Hi Alan
    Many thanks for your prompt response and for quoting the relevant entry in the ORB and it was good to see that it includes a very well-earned appreciative comment on the services of captain and crew
    My reason for asking about access to the ORBs was that I would like to search for details of earlier operations by Sqdn/Ldr Hatcher without having to make my first visit to Kew
    I must admit to getting lazy in my old age but, if all else fails, I will have to face up to making the long(ish) and wearisome trip
    Regards,
    Aubrey

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    Hello,

    3-4 May 1941
    No.78 Sqn
    Whitley V Z6483 EY-
    Op: Koln

    T/o 2045 Middleton St. George. Abandoned due to a combination of w/t failure and lack of fuel. The bomber crashed 0630 near Leominster, Herefordshire. No injuries reported.

    968424 Sgt Leslie HATCHER RAFVR
    950324 Sgt Ronald George CHANDOS RAFVR (+ No.405 [RCAF] Sqn. 18-9-41 Whitley V W5492)
    917346 Sgt Harold Bernard BUTTELL RAFVR (+ No.78 Sqn. 29-9-41. Whitley V Z9126)
    - - ? - -Sgt T K MOODIE
    970969 Sgt T HALL RAFVR (PoW No.78 Sqn. 7/8-11-41. Whitley V Z9151)

    Note. Sgt Hatcher was subsequently commissioned and rose to the rank of S/L gaining a DFC and an AFM in the process. He lost his life on 22 December 1944 and is buried at Woolwich.

    BCL2/50

    Col.
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    Hi Col
    Thanks for that interesting snippet of background info
    What a great pity that Lady Luck was not still on board for the final landing
    Regards,
    Aubrey

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    Aubrey,
    Will be in contact as soon as i find previous ops
    Alan

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    Alan, that's made my day!
    Take your time (within reason!) because it will be well worth waiting for
    Regards,
    Aubrey

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    Aubrey,
    Cannot find when Hatcher was posted in, but most of his crew came in on 18th May 44, so he may have been also around that date, as the first op i can find for him is on 24th May........

    May.....
    24th, Antwerp.
    June.....
    1st, Saumur.
    24th, Prouville.
    July....
    7th, St Leu D'Esserent.
    14th, Villeneuve.
    18th, Revigny sur Odain.
    20th, Wisernes.
    23rd, Kiel.
    24th, Stuttgart.
    August....
    5th, St Leu D'Esserent.
    6th, Bois de Cassan.
    11th, Givors.
    12th, Brunswick.
    14th, Brest.
    15th, Gilse Rijen.
    26th, Konigsberg.
    September...
    18th, Bremerhaven.
    19th, Munchen Gladbach.
    23rd, Munster.
    27th, Kaiserlautern.
    October....
    19th, Nuremburg.
    November.....
    6th, Gravenhorst.
    26th, Munich.

    Thats it........
    Alan.

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    Alan

    Having just returned home I was amazed by the short time that elapsed between your last two posts

    Many thanks for your kind attention

    Regards,
    Aubrey

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