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    Default Lancasters NN697 and JB714 Did they Collide?

    These two aircraft came down on the same day 9th June 1944 and all 14 crew members are buried in a line in Morigny-Champigny, France local cemetery. I am sure that I read somewhere recently that they collided but cannot remember where. Can anyone help?

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    Mark

    Bill Chorley in Bomber Command Losses 1944, page 269, has NN697 as 'shot down, and totally destroyed, by a night-fighter,' and the next entry is JB714, described as 'crashed in the circumstances previously described,' implying both were victims of night-fighters.

    Alan Storr's AWM files also has NN697 as shot down, crashing near Morigny-Champigny, but JB714 as: 'collided with another aircraft over Morigny-Champigny...exploded in mid-air.'

    This site http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=368 has the entry for JB714 which states: 'Probable collison with Lancaster NN667, shot down by a night-fighter.'

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    Simon

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