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    Default B.70, Duerne airfield 3 December 1944

    Probably a long shot, but would anyone have any information about an incident at Duerne (Antwerp) when a V2 launched from Hackenburg impacted on, or close to the airfield at about 1220 hours on 3 December 1944? A number of units were based at Duerne at the time, and their ORBs are held by the National Archives, for example 1317 Mobile Wing (AIR 29/1118/17) and 1303 Mobile Wing (AIR 29/1118/4).

    The ORB of 19 SP (Air 29/461/2) provides no details, and simply records the death of LAC Barr (641413) and Cpl Clark (1221739) due to enemy action at this time.

    I traced the probable launch site to Hackenburg via http://www.v2rocket.com/start/deployment/timeline.html (thanks Resmorah)

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    As an aside to the above, I'm advised by the V2 website admin that the flight-time between Hackenburg and Antwerp was a few seconds over 4 minutes; which fits with a V2 launch at 1214 hours impacting circa 1220 hours.

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    Hello Brian,

    Which orb's have already been checked ?

    Best regards

    Luc

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    Apologies, Luc, just the 19 SP. I started this several years ago, and at the time only checked the SP 19 ORB as it was the only reference AHB suggested for Clark. It's only because I found the V2 website, and traced Clark's son, in the last 48 hours that my interested has been rekindled.

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    The 329 Squadron ORB (AIR 27/1720) records that on 3 December a V1 fell close to the dispersals of 341 and 349 Squadrons, damaging or destroying 13 aircraft. A number of ground personnel were hit by shrapnel. Interestingly none of the the other seven squadrons (including 341 and 349) make any reference to the incident in their ORBs. A map of the impact points of all V1/V2s in the vicinity of Antwerp has helped identify the location of the strike with reasonable accuracy (http://www.wwiithenandnow.com/index....gium/antwerpen) . Thank you, Luc, for the copies of the ORBs and the map.

    Clark's son has told me that Sydney was standing outside the met tent when he was hit by shrapnel, sustaining injuries from which he died.

    Brian

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    I'd appreciate some help with Clark's service record. This has him at HQ 84 Group in November 1943, but Main HQ 84 Group in March 1944:

    1. Where was HQ 84 Group, and does the Main imply a different location?
    2. What were the locations of Main HQ 84 Group in France from August to October 1944?
    3. Was HQ 136 Wing at Thorney Island between April and August 1944? (There are actually two entries for 19 April 1944; one is entered as 136 A/F HQ (A), the other as 136 Wing (A))


    Edited to change 46 Group references to 84 Group
    TIA
    Brian
    Last edited by Lyffe; 13th January 2018 at 19:50.

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    Brian,

    Malcolm's site will prove helpful:

    http://www.rafweb.org/Organsation/Grp04.htm

    Dave

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    Thank you, Dave, that sorts out 84 Group (which is what I started to write then changed to 46 Group, apologies). I think 136 Wing was at Thorney Island.

    Brian

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