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Thread: Pilot Officer Charles Franklin, No. 83 Squadron, July - September 1944.

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    Default Pilot Officer Charles Franklin, No. 83 Squadron, July - September 1944.

    I have details that this officer joined No. 83 Squadron on July 10th 1944 to begin his second tour. Apparently during one of his trips his aircraft was hit by flak, and although he was unharmed his electrical suit lining failed and he returned to base with severe frostbite.

    Apparently, his crew took a replacement Bomb Aimer on their next op and were lost. This spelt the end of his operational flying and he was posted to no. 54 Base on August 11th that year.

    Can anyone give details of his usual crew, and their loss without him? (date/target/aircraft/etc?)

    Many thanks all

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    This is the crew of F/Lt J Meggeson. Franklyn last flew with this crew on 1st Aug to Le Breteque, there is no note about when he got frostbite, just a mention of him being posted sick on 11th Aug. The Meggeson crew then flew on 3 more ops without Franklyn, being lost on the third, to Darmstadt on 25/26th Aug. At this time, 83sqdn were flying with 8 man crews, (2 A/B's) so no replacement for Franklyn, they just flew with one man down. J.L Williams was the 2nd A/B.

    F/Lt J. Meggeson.
    Sgt D.A. Cobb.
    P/O D. Wicker.
    Sgt W.J. Carman.
    Sgt E.L. Meredith.
    F/Sgt J.L. Williams.
    P/O C. Franklyn.
    Sgt E. Bentley.

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