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    Default Crash locations of five bombers (51, 78, 83 and 467 Sqns) 3-4 April 1943 Essen raid?

    Dear all,

    Who can help me with information re. the following five heavy bomber losses during the 3-4 April 1943 Essen raid (I do have all the details from Bill Chorley's 1943 volume, but need details on the crash locations of these aircraft, for the research of the NJWD 2nd edition):

    -51 Squadron Halifax DT738.
    -78 Squadron Halifax DT780.
    -83 Squadron Lancaster R5626.
    -83 Squadron Lancaster LM302.
    -467 Squadron Lancaster ED524.

    Cheers and thanks for any information,

    Theo

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    Theo,

    I noted in the Amendments section of my Vol Three of 'For Your tomorrow' that ED524 'crashed at Oberhaussen, on or near the Mellinghofer Strasse.'

    I'm not able to put my finger on the source at present. I suspect it is buried in a pile of papers that await filing.

    Errol

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    Hello and good morning Errol,

    Thanks a lot for these details; this ties in nicely with claims from six heavy Flak batteries for the shooting down of a Lancaster at Oberhausen at 23.08 hrs, which I've recently found in the OKL/RLM microfilmed Flak claim records.

    Cheers, Theo

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    Hi Theo

    From P 79 of "Nobody Unprepared" (the history of 78 Sqn) it lists Halifax DT780 (now believed to be "EY-M") as crashing "near Monchengladbach"

    Kind Regards

    Tony

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    Dear Theo
    83 Squadron by Low & Harper lists the crash locations as:

    LM302 Munchen Gladbach
    R5626 Kruppstrasse Essen

    No other details on crash locations of these aircraft in the book.
    Best wishes
    James

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    Dear Theo
    83 Squadron, 1917-69 by Ronald G. Low, Frank E. Harper (ISBN: 9781900604055)
    Best wishes
    James

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    Hi James and Tony,

    Thanks a lot for that -I have a Flak claim by 3./I. 42 (Mot S), 1. and 3./174, 2./353, 2./213, 1./518 and 4./462 for the shooting down of R5626 ('Lancaster Essen Kruppstrasse 23.02 hrs').

    Cheers, Theo

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    Dear Theo
    It's great when the sources start to come together. A great bit of research on your part. Apologies for the spellings. I was copying/ quoting directly from the book. As you know, we Brits cannot spell!
    Best wishes
    James

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    Quote Originally Posted by Errol Martyn View Post
    Theo,

    I noted in the Amendments section of my Vol Three of 'For Your tomorrow' that ED524 'crashed at Oberhaussen, on or near the Mellinghofer Strasse.'

    I'm not able to put my finger on the source at present. I suspect it is buried in a pile of papers that await filing.

    Errol
    Theo,

    The source for the above info was Post Presumption Memorandum No. 4394/48 dated 13.9.48.

    Cheers,
    Errol

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