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    Could someone with access to BCL by Chorley tell me what is shown for the loss of a 578 Sqn a/c on the night of 7/8 Mar 45. There maybe 2 aircraft lost but the one I am interested in has FSgt Harry Parker as WOp.

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    Daz

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    Hi Daz,

    From pg 121 of Chorley's 1945

    NR150 LK-P

    "Last heard calling for help on W/T at 2224 and believed to have crashed in the sea soon after"

    F/Lt Shaw (pilot) buried at Kiel. Remainder of crew on Runnymede.

    Other 578 loss that night was LL558 LK-R.

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    Dave

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    According to German documents 578 Sqn Halifax LL558 crashed at 22.05 hrs at Averlak, bei Kundense/Kaiser-Wilhelm Kanal, 12km W Marne (Luftwaffe map grid square AT 1). 'Averlak' may be a corruption of Eddelak.

    578 Sqn Halifax NR150 sent out a Morse SOS at 22.24 hrs, when at an estimated position of 51 48 N, 08 08 E. This may be an aircraft that, according to German documents, was observed to crash at 22.25 hrs in to the sea S.W. of Amrum (Luftwaffe map grid square SR 4).

    The SOS details are recorded in No. 4 Group Summary of Operations No. 31, held on file AIR 14/3082 at The National Archives, Kew, London. The German documents are photoprints of original Luftgaukommando IX crash reports held in RG 242 at The National Archives & Records Administration in Washington, USA.
    Cheers

    Rod

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    Rod, Dave
    Thank you both.

    Daz

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