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    Default 426 Squadron Lancaster DS674: Lost on Peenemünde raid August 17-18/1943

    Is anyone aware of any update on the whereabouts of a 426 Squadron Lancaster DS674 which was lost on the Peenemünde raid August 17-18/1943? This was a Lancaster II with Hercules XV1 engines. The information I have is the aircraft and crew were lost without a trace. I am trying to determine if a mystery aircraft in shallow waters in the Kolpien Sea is or might be that aircraft.

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    Probably into the Baltic off Rostock (unknown source)

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    Jim,
    According to Middlebrook's account of the raid in his book on the subject, DS674 was possibly the 32nd or 33rd aircraft to go down. From the map of crash locations in the book this puts the crash site at either about 60 miles NW of Peenemunde or approx 110 miles WNW of the target. The latter of these two sites looks to be favourite for an aircraft lying in shallow water as it appears to be just off the coast. Whether it is DS674 is not certain.
    Best wishes,
    Bill.

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    Thanks for that people. We are still trying to confirm the identity of this aircraft. It turns out this aircraft may be located in the Kolpiensee which is a lake 0.5 km NE of Peenemunde. We're still trying to confirm some of the details. We do not know if this aircraft is DS674 or not. It has been a bit of a process of elimination. I will review Middlebrooks book for more details. Right now there is a bit of confusion if the aircraft in question is this one...
    http://www.bomber-command.de/dv202inf.html
    Apparently this aircraft is still visible and the engine is in a museum.
    Jim
    Last edited by JDCAVE; 14th July 2008 at 21:36. Reason: additional info

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    Jim,
    Had another look at Middlebrook's book and from the location you mention (i.e. Kolpiensee) it could well be DV202 of 44 Squadron that is in that lake.
    Bill.

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    Yes, Bill. We're pretty certain this aircraft is DV202 but we're still awaiting confirmation. We were told this was a Canadian Lancaster (which we assumed was 426 Squadron and by elimination DS674) but it seems it probably isn't.

    Jm

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