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    Default ASR search for ditched bomber on 12.6.1942 near the Dutch coast

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if anyone can helpo m to identifiy a ditched plane (possibly a Lancaster) near the Dutch coast.
    The search was performed on the morning of 12.6. so after consultation with the BC War Diaries I suppose it might be one of following aircraft lost in the night 11/12.6. from a group of 91 sent to Frisian Islands for minelaying:

    2 Lancasters
    1 Stirling
    1 Wellington

    Any additional information much appreciated.

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,

    Are you sure about 1942? If it's the same date in 1943 Halifax HR797 of 405 Sqdn might be a serious candidate...

    Regards,
    Hans

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    Hi Hans,

    I have re-checked it once more - yes the search was done on 12.6.1942.
    It is very difficult to read the notes but the date is clear. The result of the search seems to be a finding of an empty overturned dinghy.

    Pavel
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    Could it have been for 9sqdn Wellington X3695, on a Gardening op, that, according to Chorley, was heard on w/t by Heston and Hull direction finding stations, who were unable to get a fix on their location. All crew lost, commemorated on Runnymede.

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    Hi Pavel,

    I've checked the appendices of ORB Bircham Newton Station and 1 Hudson of 279 Squadron was on an ASR Patrol from 03.00 hrs and 4 Hudons of the same unit on an ASR Search from 15.18 hrs. Unfortunately nothing is mentioned what they were looking for, nor the area.

    I expect more will be mentioned in the ORB of 279 Sqdn, but I don't have that one. Perhaps another forumite has this ORB?

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    Hi chaps, many thanks for your help.
    Well seems to me that it can be Wellington X3695, the reminiscence was written many years after the war so he can mistaken the types.
    I will try to dig out more about the Wellington.

    Pavel
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    Hello,

    For a little more on No.9 Sqn Wellington III X3695, see:

    http://www.9sqn.co.uk/research/

    Operations Record Book 2 (Jan 1941 - Dec 1942).

    Col.

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    Many thanks Colin, very useful link!

    As I suppose it was the only missing/possibly ditched aircraft after this night operations so it must be the Wellington.

    Many thanks to everybody, it was a quick one.

    Pavel
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