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    Default Stirling in Cardigan Bay

    I am aware of N6074 of 75 Sqn which ditched on 26 March 1942 but can anyone identify the mystery Stirling (if it was indeed a Stirling) which came down in the same area on 20 Feb 1944? RAF Valley's Station ORB for that date says: 'Stirling in sea in Cardigan Bay, crew of aircraft rescued by American amphibious lorries.' I presume these were DUKWs.

    The incident does not appear in Air-Britain's Stirling File, nor Bomber Command Losses for squadrons and HCUs.

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    Hello Dave

    "Though without anger" by our esteemed Colin Cummings records Stirling III EF462 lost that day, but she crashed in the circuit of RAF Keevil. A No. 196 Squadron machine, with the loss of 4 lives. Only Stirling loss recorded that day in the book.

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    Joss,

    No.196 Sqn Stirling wrecked on 20/21 February, 1944, was EF468, not EF462.

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    you're right Col, fingers crossing...

    Joss

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    Merci beaucoup, Joss, and thanks to Col for correcting the typo. So it seems that it wasn't a Stirling. I shall have to do some more research!

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    Hi Dave,

    Just a small correction, N6074 was with 7 squadron rather than 75 squadron, they were still flying Wellingtons at that time.

    Wayne.

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    Sorry Wayne, that was a careless typo but thanks for pointing it out!

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