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    Default Wellington Ic Z1048 - 109 Squadron - crashed during the night 8-9/06/1942

    Hi !

    During the night 8-9 June 1942 Wellington Ic Z1048 of 109 Squadron crashed at Bierwart (Belgium). The entire crew got killed and is buried at Burdinne. No info for this plane and its mission during that night was found in the orb of this Squadron (AIR 27/853). Was this plane on a Special Duty Flight ?

    Many thanks in advance and best regards

    Luc

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    Hi Luc, well it is quite strange...

    According to the J15383 P/O Maurice Doherty MacKenzie service record:

    Flying battle - operation - overseas - Wellington carrying special wireless material

    He went Missing on 9.6.42 and death presummed on 10.6.42

    Unfortunately no other report about his last flight is included in his service record.

    Pavel
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    Hi Pavel,

    Many thanks for your reply and pointing to the RCAF Service file of P/O MacKenzie.
    I have a part of this service file (52 pages) and indeed no other information is mentioned. A copy of a German document, included in the RCAF Service File, mentions as date of death 10 June 1942, while the CWGC website mentions 9 June 1942. On the back of the same German document is mentioned EV1727/42, but I donít know if a copy of this document is available. If interested a copy of the German document I have can be supplied.

    Best wishes for 2019 !

    Best regards

    Luc

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    It would have been a Special Duty flight. The June 1942 ORB only shows the activities of A Flight which was based at RAF Upper Heyford. B & C Flights were based at RAF Stradishall at this time but that ORB is missing as you are aware. I can confirm that every operational flight in May and July for B & C Flights based out of Stradishall are listed as “Special Duty Flight” other than four which were classified as “Special Duty Range Test Flight”.
    Cheers

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    Dear David,

    Many thanks for this confirmation. 109 Squadron seems to have been a special squadron !

    Best wishes for 2019 !

    Best regards

    Luc

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