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    Default Loss of aircraft on an attack on Essen 23 October 1944.

    Hi All,

    I am after any information on how 12 Sqn Lancaster PD331 was lost on the 23 October 1944 in an attack on Essen. Bomber Command War Diaries list it as a raid 23/24 October 1944, but Bill Chorley has it as the 23 October 1944 as all returning aircraft returned before midnight. Theo Boiten's books state that the NJG mounted no defence this night. The aircraft came down Huppel on the Dutch-German boarder. Does anyone know if it was a day fighter that brought them down.

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    John.

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    There is no known German day fighter at all on the western front on 23 October 1944.

    And the raid took place during the night hours, the reason why Chorley lists it as 23 October 1944 is only because all bombers returned before midnight.

    Cause of loss might be Flak, weather, mechanical, etc...

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    Hi Laurent,

    Many thanks for that mate.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Hi John,

    Not an answer but may narrow down the research area. On checking the Summaries of Aircraft Damaged file (Air14/3463) I note that two aircraft were hit by bombs from above, a 166 Squadron Lancaster and a 626 Squadron Lancaster. Not saying this is the cause, but it is a possibility.

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    Steve
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    Hi Steve,

    Good to hear from you mate. I heard from Theo this morning and he thiks they were most likely to have been hit by flak.

    Cheers,

    John.

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