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    The HZ580 Wellington X HD-C of 466 Squadron was attacked on July 25th, 1943 by a Nightfighter. The damaged Wellington managed to fly on for approx another 70 miles before it was lost in the sea off the coast of Holland.

    Does someone know of this plane was ever found or is it still in the North Sea ??

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    Hello Ronald, I do not know if the plane was ever salvaged, I do know that these crew members are buried in the Netherlands:

    Flight Sergeant Charles R. Cowan, RAAF 410459, [466 Squadron], age 21, 26/07/1943, Noordwijk General Cemetery, NL
    Flight Sergeant David P. Speechley, RAAF 410177, [466 Squadron], age 20, 26/07/1943, The Hague (Westduin) Cemetery, NL
    Warrant Officer Jack Harrison-Owen, RAAF 400392, [466 Squadron], age 26, 26/07/1943, The Hague (Westduin) Cemetery, NL

    These crew members are missing and commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial:

    Flight Sergeant Wilfred Harper, RAAF 415379, [466 Squadron], age 22, 26/07/1943
    Flight Sergeant Raoul E. Thorpe, RAAF 416794, [466 Squadron], age 21, 26/07/1943

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    Bart

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    The body of Cowan was found washed ashore 12-8-1943.

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    Henk,

    Do you know where it was found?

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    No idea Bart, but may have been in the Noordwijk area being the permanent burial place.

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    Is there an archive where I can possibly find the answer if the plane was ever salvaged ?
    Or should I contact the RAF ?

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    Hello Ronald,

    It is not likely that this plane has ever been found. Itís exact location is not known. The Germanís would not have been interested. Post war, if it wasnít covered by sand, it would have been torn to pieces by fishing nets.
    Cowan was indeed found at Noordwijk as Henk suggested.

    May I ask why you are interested I this Wellington?

    Cheers,

    Dennis

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