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    Hello

    I seach information about a crew of 98 squadron lost 20 March 1944
    I suppose it is a B25 Mitchell and I have only three airmen :

    F / Sgt Harold Vivian PEARSALL - RAAF - 418 460 (buried in Abbeville)
    Sgt Henry Edward JEFFERY - RAFVR - 909 328 (buried in Abbeville)
    F / O David Wright LINDSEY - RNZAF - 422,570 (Runnymede Memorial)

    thank you for the information

    Dominique

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    From my For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915:

    ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AIR FORCE

    Attack on a Noball (V-1) site at Gorenflos, 15km east of Abbeville, France
    98 Squadron, RAF (Dunsfold, Surrey - 139 Airfield HQ, 2 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force)
    Mitchell II FV940/M - took off at 0832 and badly damaged by flak en route to the target, but held formation. Fell away from the others after bombing and was heard calling a ‘Mayday’ before ditching 10km off the French coast near the Baie de Somme. The bodies of three of the four crew later washed up along the coast between Calais and the Baie de Somme. The pilot was buried at Marquise on 7 April, while the navigator is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
    Pilot: Aus420863 Fg Off Douglas Vernon DALTON, RAAF - Age 26.
    Navigator: NZ422570 Fg Off David Wright LINDSEY, RNZAF - Age 24. 304hrs. 10th op.

    Dalton was born in New Zealand but moved with his family to Australia early in his life.

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    Hi Dominique,

    There was another Australian who was the pilot, F/O D V Dalton 420863 RAAF they were in Mitchell FV940 took off at 0832 and were hit by flak on the way to the target, they bombed the target but lost way on the return leg and came down 10km off the French coast near Baie de Somme.

    F/O D V Dalton crash file is open on our archives (National Australian Archives) to have them put on line is about $30.00 Aust. You can search the archives using his service number.

    Good luck with your research,

    John.

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    Hi

    Thank you for your answers, they will help me in my research

    Dominique

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