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    Dear all,

    I am currently working on the new narrative plus claims/matchings listing for the 18-19 March 1944 Frankfurt raid, for the 2nd edition of the NJWD. With the aim of perfecting the matching of the individual heavy bomber losses to the documented German night fighter and Flak claims, I am looking for details about the crash location, time of loss and cause of loss of the following 'heavies' (I already have the crew details):

    -50 Squadron Lancaster ED308
    -97 Squadron Lancaster JB300
    -424 Squadron Halifax LW460
    -427 Squadron Halifax LW551
    -433 Squadron Halifax HX282
    -466 Squadron Halifax HX231
    -466 Squadron Halifax LV827
    -625 Squadron Lancaster ND596

    Furthermore, 115 Squadron Lancaster DS629 was severely shot up by a German night fighter on 18/19.3.44 but managed to regain the UK with a wounded rear gunner. I would be most interested in details about the location and time etc when this encounter took place.

    Any information on the above losses most welcome!

    Best wishes, Theo

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    Theo,
    Sgt Charles McRae RCAF, was the rear gunner on 115sqdn Lanc DS629, and the story, with his citation, is near the bottom of the page, in this link....

    airforce.ca/awards.php?search=&keyword=&page=510&mem=&type=rca f

    A705 Casualty reports at NAA, state, LV827 crashed near Wembach, 6km SW of Reinheim, and HX231 crashed 3qtrs of a mile North of Maxsain.
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    Hello Alan,

    Cheers and thanks for these most interesting details -the details about 115 Sqn DS629 exactly fit to a 'probable' claim that was submitted in the target area by a single-engined Wild Boar pilot:

    Fw. Franz Knoll: 1 9./JG300 4-mot N. Frankfurt: 6.000 m. 22.20 ASM

    Cheers, Theo

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    Hi Theo,

    I have sent you an email on the two 466 Sqn RAAF losses.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Hi John,

    Thanks mate for your message, replied by private email.

    Re. the losses on 18/19 March 1944, there is one more loss that could be attributed to a nf -692 Sqn Mosquito DZ647 was reportedly shot down by a night fighter and crashed in the general Hannover area. The Raid Plot map confirms part of these details, but showing the loss NNE of Frankfurt at 22.20 hrs. Can anyone supply more info on this Mosquito loss, perhaps from the personnel file of the pilot F/O J.C. Leithead RCAF?

    Cheers, Theo

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    Hi Theo - can't answer your specific questions but have emailed relevant page from the B.C. Monthly Combats Summary.

    Cheers,

    Richard

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    Hi Theo (& others),

    Re: The loss of No.466 Sqn RAAF Halifax III HX231:

    http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/UK2759

    Those Aussies never missed a photo opportunity!

    The pilot of HX231, AUS415357 F/Sgt John Edward RICHARDS RAAF, was involved in an accident on 4 September, 1943, when No.27 OTU Wellington III X3727 crashed and burnt out at Church Broughton.

    Crew:

    AUS415357 F/Sgt (Pupil Pilot) John Edward RICHARDS RAAF - Unhurt
    AUS422654 Sgt (Pupil Nav.) Kevin Meiklejohn WILSON RAAF - Injured - SSQ, Church Broughton.
    AUS417152 F/Sgt (Pupil Air Bomber) Robert Stow BRAY RAAF - Unhurt
    AUS412220 Sgt (Pupil W./Op.) George Henry TAYLOR RAAF - Burns - to US Hospital, Sudbury.
    AUS426059 Sgt Pupil Air Gnr.) Jack DANSIE RAAF - Injured - to US Hospital, Sudbury.

    See: BCL7/246

    Col.
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    Hi Col,

    Cheers and thanks a lot for these additional details!

    Best wishes

    Theo

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    Default Halifax III LW551 Shot Down May 18 1944

    Quote Originally Posted by Theo Boiten View Post
    Dear all,

    I am currently working on the new narrative plus claims/matchings listing for the 18-19 March 1944 Frankfurt raid, for the 2nd edition of the NJWD. With the aim of perfecting the matching of the individual heavy bomber losses to the documented German night fighter and Flak claims, I am looking for details about the crash location, time of loss and cause of loss of the following 'heavies' (I already have the crew details):

    -50 Squadron Lancaster ED308
    -97 Squadron Lancaster JB300
    -424 Squadron Halifax LW460
    -427 Squadron Halifax LW551
    -433 Squadron Halifax HX282
    -466 Squadron Halifax HX231
    -466 Squadron Halifax LV827
    -625 Squadron Lancaster ND596

    Furthermore, 115 Squadron Lancaster DS629 was severely shot up by a German night fighter on 18/19.3.44 but managed to regain the UK with a wounded rear gunner. I would be most interested in details about the location and time etc when this encounter took place.

    Any information on the above losses most welcome!

    Best wishes, Theo
    Hi to All!
    RCAF 427 Squadron Halifax III LW551 (ZL-G) was shot down March 18, 1944 during a mission to Frankfurt. The plane was shot down 65 km SW of Mainz, Germany. The actual plane crashed near Hillesheim. F/O T. W. Cooper died in the crash.

    Can anyone help me regarding available reports and photos related to this crash.
    Big thanks!/Rich

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