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    Has anyone got the details relating to the loss of 408 Squadron's DS758 on 20th / 21st December 1943, in particular the fate of each crew member?

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    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

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    Hi Pete,

    All the crew were killed. All but Lt N Stiller USAAF are buried in Hotton War Cemetery in Belgium. In 1945 Lt N Stiller remains were returned to the UAS for burial in New York. They were shot down by Hptm Hans-Karl Kamp of Stab III./NJG4 for his 15 victory he would go on to have 22 night victories and 2 day victories before being killed in combat with US fighters near Hannover on 31/12/44.

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    John.

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    Thanks John

    I think I have tracked down the names of all the crew now from various sources.

    There is some kind of link between their original burial and the burial of a No 35 Squadron airman (who crashed one month earlier than they did); it is a complete mystery but one which is testing my brain power.

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    - 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,

    This must be about Wickersham or Swain from LW326.

    The crew of DS708 were buried 23 December 1943 at the Military Cemetery Malmedy, Liege, Belgium.

    Wickersham were buried at Born, Liege.

    In 1947, they were exhumed and reinterred at Hotton.

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    Dave

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    Hi Dave,

    Tried to reach you on email. Could you contact me on harleyDOT158ATbigpondDOTcom replace the DOT B&AT with the usual.

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    John.

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    Thanks for the responses.

    My enquiry does indeed relate to the confusion over where Wickersham was originally buried. I will try and piece the bits of the jigsaw together today (but it does demonstrate how difficult the job of the MRES was at the time)

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    Pete

    Note: John, I have e-mailed you, as I thought the message was for me, so please ignore [unless of course you have some information that may help]
    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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    Hi Pete,

    I have no particular information about Wickersham, but the loss of Lancaster DS758 was thoroughly researched by Philippe F. Krings from Malmedy who has written in 2001 a booklet in French entitled "Malmédy - 20 décembre 1943 - Une nuit d'horreur!".

    Best wishes,

    Jérémie

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    Thanks Jérémie

    I have searched the internet and whilst I can find references to this document I can't find an actual copy. I will keep searching, as it may help me to understand who was buried where (and when).

    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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