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    Default 102 Squadron Halifax R9491 DY-N

    Hello,
    I am wondering if anyone has information re: the above aircraft that was lost returning from a raid on Essen on June 2-3, 1942.
    I have read that it was shot down near Suffolk at 02:57.
    Would anyone with access to fighter diaries be able to confirm that/the details?
    I plan on downloading the ORB (my first one!) but if anyone has ready access to it, again it would be sincerely appreciated.
    Thanks again to everyone.
    Bob

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    Hi Bob,

    Info from 102 Sqn ORBs

    R9491 "N" T/O 23.55 hrs
    F/S F.A. Holmes
    F/S G.H. Marks
    F/S F. Booth
    Sgt G.F. Jenkins
    Sgt D. Boddy
    Sgt W.L. Crowther
    Sgt S. Arnett
    Aircraft failed to return. Believed shot down by E/A. The corpse of Sgt Boddy was picked up by rescue boat 5 miles off Harwich.

    Loss card says A/C crashed in sea off Ipswich 02.57 hrs.

    Rgds

    Pete

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    Hello Bob,

    I have two NF claims that can be tied to the loss of R9491, regrettably for none of these two claims the claim location has surfaced, but both these NFs are known to have operated off the Dutch coast. BTW; can you tell me what the source is of the a/c having been shot down by an E/A?:

    Oblt. Dr. Horst Patuschka: 5 7./NJG2 Halifax - 02.50 poss. 102 Sqn Halifax R9491
    Oblt. Alois Lechner: 6 E./NJG2 Halifax - 03.00 poss. 102 Sqn Halifax R9491

    Cheers, Theo

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    Hi Pete,
    Thanks for the ORB info, it was very helpful indeed.
    Theo: First of all, it is a true pleasure. My father passed on your" Nachtjagd" book to me some years ago and it was/is a great introduction to the other side of the coin as it were and it remains a valuable reference. As for your question re: my source. I have to admit it is not "hard." I came across it on a website and it seems to to echo what was noted in the ORB that Pete kindly provided. Otherwise nothing "official."
    http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/609photos...uxiliaries.htm
    Thanks to you both, and the entire forum, for your continued help.
    Bob

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    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for your kind comments and additional info!

    Cheers, Theo

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