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    Default Collision 18th / 19th March 1945

    A bit of a long shot, but does anyone have any possibles for the following collision with No. 35 Squadron aircraft NG440 on 18th / 19th March 1945?

    Obviously the other aircraft may not have been damaged etc, but I was just wondering if there were similar reports from another aircraft.

    The ORB entry for NG440 reads:

    "When aircraft half way across Channel, aircraft doing dog leg at 4,000 feet to waste time and an aircraft, believed to be a Lancaster, came in from starboard bow and hit starboard fin, ripped a piece of it, took part of an elevator and fin away. Aircraft went into steep dive and lost 2,000 feet. Aircraft set course for jettison area and returned to base."

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    Pete
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    Hi Pete,

    Halifax "P" of No.640 Squadron. Don't ask me why I have it, it was in some 3 Group records I have, via Air14/3463

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    Steve

    Thanks for the feedback; do you have access to any of the original documents?. If not, I will download the relevant ORB to see if there are any details about the incident.

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete,

    I can send you the page, it gives no additional information than what I posted. I don't know anyone with the 640 Squadron ORB?

    Cheers

    Steve
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    Hello,

    18/19 March, 1945
    No.640 Sqn.
    Halifax III NR289/P
    Op: Witten.

    Took off 0048, 19th March, 1945. Collided over Channel with another a/c., nose extensively damaged. Returned early - landed Manston.

    F/L (Pilot) B A Murray
    Sgt (F/E) F H Jones
    F/O (Nav.) H P Crean RNZAF
    P/O (A/B) D A P Cooke
    P/O (W.Op.) P G Fitzpatrick
    Sgt (MUG) J Burke
    Sgt (RG) S G Pinnock

    See:
    Halifax Squadron: The Wartime Bombing Operations of No.640 Squadron, Leconfield.
    Norman,Bill.
    Guisborough:Author,2005.
    pp.175 & 213

    Col.
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    Thanks guys; your feedback is much appreciated, as always.

    (For completeness: No. 640 Squadron ORB confirms the details)

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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