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    Default No 35 Squadron Lancaster PB684

    Does anyone have any information regarding an incident relating to Lancaster PB684 on 7th/8th February 1945? There is nothing in the squadron's ORB but the movement card shows FB Cat AC for that date.

    (Note: It did have other accidents, which I have information for, but I have nothing for that particular date)

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    According to AIR14 3463 damage to aircraft on operations, this aircraft collided with ND875 of 156 Squadron which was coded GT-N

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    David

    Thanks for the feedback; I will follow that line of enquiry

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    I stumbled across this entry in the LG whilst doing some research tonight which relates to PB684 on 7th / 8th February 1945

    Second Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross: Awarded to DB Everett

    One night in February, 1945. Squadron Leader Everett was pilot and captain of aircraft detailed to attack Goch. Whilst making his first run over the target his aircraft was badly hit. The star-board mainplane was extensively damaged and the starboard inner engine caught fire. Momentarily the aircraft went out of control. Squadron Leader Everett quickly levelled out though and feathered the propeller of the burning engine. The flames were then extinguished. Although unable to assess the full extent of the damage sustained, Squadron Leader Everett went on to several further runs over the target, which he left only alter he was satisfied as to the success of the operation. He afterwards flew the badly damaged aircraft safely to base. This officer displayed a high degree of skill, courage and resolution throughout.

    I am not sure how this "squares up" with the entry in AIR14 ... so further research required

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    Pete
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    The incident relates to a collision with 156 Squadron Lancaster ND875.

    Firstly, AIR 14/3460 (Summary of Aircraft Lost and Damaged on Operations) records the cause of damage as:

    35 Sqn Lancaster PB684/B - under the N.D.E.A. Column (Not Due to Enemy Action): "Collision with ND875" Cat AC
    156 Sqn Lancaster ND875/N - under the N.D.E.A. Column (Not Due to Enemy Action): "Collision with PD684"

    Furthermore, the 156 Squadron ORB records for ND875:

    "Target Area 2214 hrs 3/4,000 ft. Orbiting to South, Port wing tip gone, due to collsion. Very slight heavy and light flak. One aircraft was attacked by a fighter just after leaving target area but sustained no damage."

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    Thanks Rod.

    It does seem odd that the citation is so specific, but I guess the damage and subsequent fire could have been caused by the collision.

    Perhaps the collision could not be mentioned in the citation for morale purposes, so "badly hit" was not qualified.

    Could anyone provide me with copies of the documents mentioning the collision, so that I can stick them in my archives?

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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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