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    Default Lancaster R5737 of 61 Squadron‏. Lost 29th/30th July 1942

    Dear All,

    I was wondering if anybody on the forum had access to the ORB for 61 Squadron from 1942. I am researching the loss of Lancaster R5737, which was lost on the 29th/30th July 1942, and I'm keen to try and find out how long the crew had been on the Squadron, and which other ops (if any) they had flown. Only one member of the crew survived, and he was taken POW.

    Any help on the loss, and the crews previous ops, would be great.

    Johnnie

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    Johnnie,
    I'll have a look for you this afternoon.
    Alan.

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    Many thanks for that.

    Johnnie

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    The crew that were on board that night, only flew as a crew together, for that op, and 5 previous ops. Stewart, the pilot, joined the squadron back in November 41, and flew as 2nd pilot on Manchesters, to S/Ldr Paape for several ops, before taking his own crew......
    F/Sgt Hobson.
    Sgt Rice.
    Sgt Sullivan.
    Sgt Hawker.
    F/Sgt Galloway.
    Sgt Broadhead.
    out to Le Havre on 10th April 42, which was his last trip in a Manchester. He then took this crew out in Lanc's, on following ops.
    22/5, Gardening.
    30/5, Cologne.
    1/6, Essen.
    3/6, Bremen.
    It then gets complicated, as crew are changing from op to op, so i will get pages together and send via email, but Stewart does at least 23 ops from joining, to loss. Be aware when reading pages, that there is another pilot called Stewart on strength at same time.

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    That's fantastic. Many thanks. The main chap I'm interested in the Beard who was the only man to survive.

    I look forward to receiving your email.

    Thanks again,

    Johnnie

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    Johnnie,
    Will not be an email, it will be a "zip" file, as 106 pages in all, look out for an email notification from "wetransfer"

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    Excellent. They have come through so now for the fun part of researching the ops.

    Thank you so much!

    Johnnie

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    Sgt R Beard POW 25151 Stalag VIIIB / 344 Lamsdorf

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