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    Default 144 Sqn loss during the night of 25-26 May 1940

    Hello,

    I'm searching the details of the loss of Hampden I L4172 of 144 Sqn during the night of 25-26 May 1940; I have Chorley book for 1939-1940, but it is missing the crash location and time.

    For the crash location, several German internet sources gave it at Setchem, Germany. The same location is found in the RAF casualty file AIR 81/575 covering this loss.

    For the time, there is no take off time in Chorley. The only indication is that CWGC records all three killed crew as dying on the 25th, but IMHO it only proves that they took off before midnight on the 25th.

    I will be interested in any document (Sqn ORB, or other Bomber Command report) that may give an hint in which time period the above bomber operated and was eventually lost.

    Thanks in advance

    Laurent

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    Hi

    AIR 27/980/12 is available on line for 3.30 (58 pages not bad value)

    Title Squadron Number: 144 Records of Events: Y

    1940 May 1 - 1940 May 31

    Looking at the partially hidden screen images on line, times seem to be recorded with debriefs. Outside my period of interest so have not purchased the file myself.

    Possibly worth getting just for lead up and returning aircraft debriefs.

    Good Luck

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