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    Default Help! Trying to trace member of 320 Squadron lost 1942/1943.

    Hi I am trying trace information for my partners Dutch Gran, she wishes to find out about what happened to her brother.

    His name is Alphonsus Leonardus Sens, Born 10/03/1922, he was born in Soarabaya in the Dutch East Indies.

    He left in 1939 and went to Canada then ended up as a radio operator in the 320 Squadron when it was based at Raf Leuchars.

    Allegedly he was on a mission as part of a five aircraft sortie over Walcheren, North Holland possibly between 1942 and 1943 and three of the planes including his where shot down.

    If anybody could help shed some light on this mission or have any information that I could give to her it would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi,

    15/05/1942
    No.320 Sqn

    Hudson III
    AE525

    NO-H

    Op: Strike, Took off RAF Bircham Newton, Time up 20:50 hrs

    Off.Vl. 2e kl. J Stork RNNAS
    Res.2e Lt.Wnr J M Mulder RNNAS
    Vltg.Telegrafistenmaat A L Sens RNNAS
    Mar. 1e kl. E de Weerd KMR

    Called Malang. May have taken off from Docking for an attack on a convoy off Terschelling comprising of 10 merchant vessels and 1 destroyer flying 4 balloons. Claimed as a Ventura at 22:45 hrs by Hptm. H Lent of Stab II./NJG2, north of Terschelling, Netherlands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross_McNeill View Post
    Hi,

    15/05/1942
    No.320 Sqn

    Hudson III
    AE525

    NO-H

    Op: Strike, Took off RAF Bircham Newton, Time up 20:50 hrs

    Off.Vl. 2e kl. J Stork RNNAS
    Res.2e Lt.Wnr J M Mulder RNNAS
    Vltg.Telegrafistenmaat A L Sens RNNAS
    Mar. 1e kl. E de Weerd KMR

    Called Malang. May have taken off from Docking for an attack on a convoy off Terschelling comprising of 10 merchant vessels and 1 destroyer flying 4 balloons. Claimed as a Ventura at 22:45 hrs by Hptm. H Lent of Stab II./NJG2, north of Terschelling, Netherlands.

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    Hi Ross,

    Thank you for this information it will set her mind at rest.

    Claimed as a Ventura at 22:45 hrs by Hptm. H Lent of Stab II./NJG2, north of Terschelling, Netherlands, Can I ask what this means?

    Thanks
    Andrew

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    It is a possible reason for the loss as being shot down by this Luftwaffe Pilot. The Ventura and Hudson were very similar looking aircraft and no Ventura was lost in this area and approximate time.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmut_Lent

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    Thanks,

    Just found it in this book 'Luftwaffe Night Fighter Combat Claims, 1939-1945', where it is listed as a Hudson claimed by Helmut Lent.

    Thanks again Ross, just need to try and find his life before these events now.

    Thanks
    Andrew

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    You can get quite a bit on his operational side from The National Archives by looking at the Operations Record Book (ORB) for No.320 Squadron. This can be downloaded in monthly chunks for a small payment.

    In addition to the Squadron ORB the Station ORB gives a bit more detail. This has not been digitised and is only open to personal inspection.

    This is the page from the RAF Bircham Newton ORB that includes the known details (at the time) of the ops for 15th May.

    http://www.rafaircraftaccidents.com/DSCF9293.JPG

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