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    Hi,
    can anybody help me with information on any aircraft losses on the 8th March 1945 from 57 Sqn? I am particularly looking for one involving the death of Sgt T N Dunlop a F/E.

    Many thanks,
    Rick

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    Rick,
    Quote Chorley,
    PB852, DX-V, took off East Kirkby 18.25 for ops to Harburg. Lost without trace.
    F/O C.W Baush.
    Sgt T.N. Dunlop.
    F/Sgt N. Cooper.
    F/Sgt J.E. Thompson.
    F/Sgt D.S. Whitehouse.
    F/Sgt J.L. Stone.
    W/O D. Forbes.

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    Hi, very many thanks,
    Rick

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    According to the great work by Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and 2', it is 'possible' that they were shot down by Uffz. Bruno Rupp of 4./NJG3 'possibly' off the coast of Schleswig Holstein at 22.16 hrs. Although not confirmed, as they list it could be one of four claimed that night!
    Hope this helps?

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    Hi Rick,

    as many as five bombers potentially came down in to the sea during the combined raids on Hamburg/Hemmingstedt on the night of 7-8 March 1945:

    44 Sqn PB417 - ditched in to the sea at the mouth of the Weser River

    57 Sqn PB852 - lost without trace (the official casualty file may record a verdict of a presumption of lost at sea)

    61 Sqn ME474 - lost at sea (the bodies of two crew members washed ashore in June 1945)

    578 Sqn NR150 - lost at sea, sent SOS in Morse code, and was probably aircraft reported by Germans to have crashed in to the sea S.W. of Amrum Island.

    425 Sqn MZ815 - recorded as lost without trace

    For those aircraft that simply disappeared, there is no sure way of knowing when or where they were lost


    Cheers

    Rod

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