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    Default 207 Squadron Lancaster NG204

    Hello all,

    This is my first time on RAF Commands. I'm looking for any information on the loss of 207 Squadron Lancaster NG204 which was taking part in the Dortmund-Ems Canal Operation on the night 3rd-4th March 1945. I know that the crew are buried in the Riechswald Forest Cemetery. The 207 Squadron ORB for this Operation just says Aircraft Missing From Operations. Any help with this would be appreciated particularly with any information on Flying Officer Arthur Norman Lacey RAF (VR)163717.

    Many Thanks


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    The service file of Alexander Johnston RCAF is available on, and while its not brimming with information about the loss, there is a letter from the UK air Ministry to the Canadian Dept of National Defense dated 29th April 1946 stating:

    CAN.R.276317 F/Sgt. JOHNSTON A.

    I am directed to inform you that a report has been
    received from No.2001 A.D. Wing, Royal Air Force, through
    No.1 Missing Research and Enquiry Unit which establishes
    that fate of the above-named R.C.A.F. member and the
    remainder of the crew of Lancaster N.G.204 in which he
    was flying as air gunner.

    The aircraft crashed on the night of 3/4th March,
    1945, in the vicinity of Havixbeek, near the catholic
    Hospital at Tilbeck, 8 miles west of Munster, Western
    Germany. The Director of the hospiital states that all
    the crew were killed outright, the bodies being brought
    into the hospital mortuary prior to burial in Havixbeek

    The whole crew are buried in a Comrades' Grave
    which has been well kept, and is marked with a small
    metal cross painted white.

    Graves registration Authorties are being informed
    and a post presumption memorandum is in preparation.

    [[end quote]]

    if you look now at the scanned documents on the CWGC for F/O Lacey, you will see that were moved to Riechswald Cemetery in 1947.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945

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    Thanks for that information.

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