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    Hi all,

    I am trying to locate details on a two crew's that passed through 3 LFS in February 1944, unlike the majority of crews they were not posted to a 3 Group Squadron, Pilot Officer Maxwell was posted to No.12 Squadron, while Flight Sergeant Hordal went to 576 Squadron.

    Any details on these two crews most welcome.

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    Steve
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    Steve,

    Ton-Up Lancaster ME801 N-'NAN'.

    No.576 Sqn

    1944.

    21/22 May 2225-0315
    Duisburg

    P/O S G Hordal RCAF (J85627 Steve Godmunder/Gudmunder HORDAL, later DFC)*
    Sgt G B Valentine
    F/O H Gerus RCAF (BA)
    F/S A M Cambrin RCAF
    Sgt F Sheppard
    Sgt F B Edwards
    Sgt D E Jones RCAF

    Hordal took ME801 on its first trip with 576 Sqn, and followed up with 14 more (21 May - 24 June).

    See:
    Ton-Up Lancs
    Franks,Norman
    London:Grub Street,2005
    pp.158-61

    * See Hugh Halliday's RCAF Awards site for sortie list - http://rcafassociation.ca/heritage/search-awards/

    Your "P/O Maxwell". possibly (stretching it a bit!):

    Appendix B - Order of Battle - 24 March 1944.

    24 March, 1944
    Berlin

    No.12 Sqn
    Lancaster ND441

    F/O P G Maxwell (147629 Peter Granville MAXWELL RAFVR)
    F/O S M Garlick
    Sgt H Lloyd
    Sgt H F O'Hara
    Sgt J Crighton
    Sgt J Davidson
    Sgt E J Townsend

    See:
    The Bomber Battle For Berlin
    Searby,John
    Shrewsbury:Airlife,1991
    p.168

    NB. This crew FTR from Mailly-le-Camp on 3/4-5-1944 in No.12 Sqn Lancaster III LM514 - 6 evaded, 1 PoW - BCL5/205. Actually, described as; "one of the most experienced (crews) on the squadron" - so, I think not!

    Col.
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    Col,

    Many thanks chum, just the ticket.

    Kind regards as always

    Steve
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    Hello Steve

    The 19/20th February ops was a "2nd dickey" with P/O A.J. BODGER in LL794 D2.

    The 25/26th February raid was in LM438 C2. The rest of the crew is shown as Sgt G.B. VALENTINE, F/O R.E. POWER R.C.A.F., F/Sgt A.M. GAMBRIN R.C.A.F. (spelling as shown in the ORB), Sgt F. SHEPPARD, Sgt F.B. EDWARDS and Sgt D.E. JONES R.C.A.F..

    12 Sqn ORB confirms P/O P.G. MAXWELL 147629 posted in from No. 3 LFS Feltwell with effect from 19 February 1944. With him 655736 Sgt H.F. O'HARA (nav), 1042377 Sgt H. LLOYD (WO air), 1124472 Sgt J. CRIGHTON (f/e), 1130563 Sgt D.E. TOWNSEND (r/g), 1003978 Sgt J. DAVIDSON (mug) and 137536 F/O S.M. GARLICK (a/b).

    Joss

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    Steve - do you want the E&E reports for the 12 Squadron crew?

    L/O

    Greg
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    Hi Greg and Joss,

    Thank you both for your posts.

    Greg, no thank you mate.

    Kind regards as usual.

    Steve
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    Dear Steve,

    Came upon this by chance I've been involved in family research and periodically check to see if there's any new information about relatives on the internet. I am one of H.F. O'Hara's sons. Dad died in 1968 but the story of his crews experiences in the Mailly Le Camp raid are well documented in the Jack Currie book " Battle Under the Moon" published by Air Data in 1995. In In the National Archives are the records of three crew members, Garlick, Townsend and dad's escape and joining the FFI before repatriation back to England in September 1945. My dad's log book and other war records have been digitalised by the International Bomber Command centre being built in LIncoln and I have recently donated the originals to his former ATC Squadron (138 (1st Nottingham) where he became their Commanding Officer in the 1950's. I still have copies if interested.

    Regards,

    Brian O'Hara

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