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    Does anyone have any details on the air sea rescue of the crew of No. 35 Squadron Halifax BB368 lost on the night of 21st / 22nd June 1943). All crew members were rescued

    Your usual help would be much appreciated

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete,

    Main Walrus Rescues by No.278 Squadron.

    22 June (1943)

    Walrus L2238
    W/O F C Perry
    Sgt D R Swindell
    (Coltishall)

    Walrus K8549
    F/O W A Land
    P/O P J Roy

    Crew of 35 Sqn Halfax (BB368) that ditched off Cromer coming back from Krefeld. Four of the seven men later transferred to second Walrus* 07:30 - 09:15.

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    Bill Land helped with the rescue of the seven-man crew of a Halifax of 35 Squadron on 22 June, but it took two Walrus crews to do the job.

    We proceeded to position H.1525, near the Cross Sands lightship, where we saw an Anson, flown by Flight Sergeant Peskett, orbiting a dinghy. Nearby on the water was a Walrus, pilot Warrant Officer 'Fred' Perry, who had taken seven men from a dinghy. I landed in a three-foot swell at 09.10 hrs.

    We transferred four men from Fred's Walrus and I was taxying for a take-off when my engine stalled. Paul Roy climbed on the wing and using a starting handle managed to restart it. This was no easy task in view of the swell and the fact that the Pegasus engine required plenty of brawn to turn it over.

    Both our aircraft managed to take off at around 09:30, and headed for base. Our customers were all in good shape and spirits, and I was photographed with my four back at Coltishall.(Flying Officer W A Land, No.278 Squadron).

    The Halifax crew had been on a raid to Krefeld the previous night, six of the 19 aircraft being lost. The pilot, Sergeant D H Milne**, was an Australian, and having just come from 77 Squadron, this was his first trip with 35 Squadron, within No.8 Pathfinder Group. Their bomber (BB368/H) had been hit in the starboard outer engine by flak 40 minutes inside the Dutch border, but they had flown on to the target. On the way home the port engine had failed just after recrossing the Dutch coast and they had just failed to reach the English coast.

    Sadly, they failed to return from a raid on Cologne on the night of 3/4 July 1943, in Halifax HR673/'B'.

    ** AUS416596 F/Sgt Donald Harold MILNE RAAF

    See:
    Another Kind Of Courage.
    Franks,Norman,
    Sparkford:P.S.L.,1994.
    pp.79 & 222.

    Col.
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    Thanks, as always, Col.

    Much appreciated

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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