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    Can anyone please help with this aircraft. I need to know when and where it crashed (first half of 1943 I think). I would also like to know the crew names and whether they survived, were killed or injured. Finally was the aircraft written off in a crash or was it damaged and possibly repaired after a crash landing. Many thanks.

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    Hi Neville,

    Tom may be able to add further given the time since this was posted:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/08985.php

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    Thanks Dave,

    All six of these men flew with 304 Squadron at one time - and 304 Squadron was the only Polish one in Coastal Command but I have no record of this loss or of that serial number so I am going to have to do some digging! Thanks again

    Neville

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    Coded V

    Took off Dale at 10:02 on 8th on A/S Patrol

    Could not land at base due to weather. Ran out of fuel at 20:47 while seeking alternative aerodrome. Abandoned near Llanafyllan.

    Sgt Maiczyk spent night suspended by parachute in tree and was admitted to Oswestry Hospital suffering from exposure and shock.

    F/O Dobrowolski needed treatment for leg inuries.

    F/O Wroblewski also noted for unspecified injury. All others unharmed.

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    Just pulled the F1180.

    Confirms aircraft Cat E

    6 crew, 3 injured.

    Airfield control declined to divert aircraft as Met advised bad weather was temporary.

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    Some days I question why I waste my time.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...HE103-in-Wales

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    Thanks to all who responded. The initial information given to me showed the wrong date and the crash was indeed reported in the Squadron ORB. Sorry for the confusion.

    Neville

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    Just had a quick look at the weather charts. A cold front passed through Dale around 2300 GMT (0000 hours local time), preceded by gale force S'ly winds and moderate to heavy rain; cloud base circa 600-1000 ft. Given the aircraft had been airborne for over 10 hours one must wonder why it was not allowed to divert at 2047 hours local time. That said at 1700 hours no airfield over west Wales or Southwest England was reporting cloud below 1000 ft.

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