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    Hello,

    On the way back from an operation to Stuttgard during the night 15-16 March 1944
    F/O Russell aboard 466 RAAF Squadron Halifax III HX 343 code R made a force landing on the above
    mentioned airfield.
    The aircraft being hit a lot of time by ennemy fighters.

    The force landing was made by refusing to be diverted on an another airfield
    Airfield was closed due to fog and an another aircraft having crashed landing

    Is there a base report regarding that event ? If so where can I try to have a copy ?
    Is there a report conserning the Halifax ? If so where can I try to have a copy ?

    Any suggestion , help will be most appreciated,

    Best regards
    fromBelgium

    rene

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    Hello,

    The navigator aboard No.466 (RAAF) Sqn Halifax III HX343 on 15/16 March, 1944 - AUS410379 F/S David PURCELL RAAF, wrote a short story detailing the events of this incident. He entered the story in the 1986 DVA Story Writing and Art Project. The story; "THE DEATH OF R-ROBERT", won first prize in the True War Experiences Section.

    Sorry, no scanner!

    Col.
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    Hello Col,

    Thank you for your reply.
    I met the son of David Purcell 2 days ago and received from him the story ,
    My questions are in relation with the story.

    best regards

    rene

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    Rene,

    Thanks for informing me. l was contemplating posting a copy to you.

    Enstone was the base for 21 OTU. l never did identify the aircraft that was blocking the runway. Maybe someone else can help?

    For others, this was the fate (on 22/23 April, 1944), of most of the crew of Halifax III HX343:

    http://static.awm.gov.au/images/coll...25_015--1-.pdf

    See: p.75 of 107.

    Col.
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    Helo Colo,

    Thank you for your reply,

    I was missing the route to target, one door closed.
    The request is mainly to obtain copy of the document that may habe been written,
    these would complete the history of the crew

    Best regards

    Rene

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