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    Default Maltby Lancaster loss 14-15 Sept 1943

    A non-surfer correspondent of mine, Len Cairns in Gloucestershire, is researching the loss of 617 Sqn Lancaster JA981 'J' flown by Sqn Ldr D J H Maltby DSO DFC and crew, which went into the N Sea 8 miles off Cromer, Norfolk on return from the abortive Ladbergen raid on 14-15 September 1943.
    Len is interested in learning of any ASR activity in connection with this loss, or any other Allied aircraft losses in the N Sea this date.
    TIA for any input your readers may have.

    BC

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    'the aircraft piloted by S/L Maltby was seen to crash into the sea. Nothing definite is known of the cause of this accident, but it is possible that the aircraft struck the water......F/L Shannon circled over the spot for over two hours and directed the Air Sea Rescue service to the scene. The body of S/L Maltby was recovered, but no trace was found of the reminder of the crew' ORB 617 Squadron.

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    John:

    Many thanks for that info, Len will no doubt be pleased to receive it.

    BC

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