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    Hi everyone. Firstly what an amazing range of information you have on here. my personal research goes back to my fathers time as a flight engineer/co pilot during his time with 104 Squadron based in the middle east. I have lots of photos and one log book plus a variety of other items that became mine when my father died quite some time ago. I have been considering donating some if not all of these items to the IBCC near Lincoln as I am now just past my 70th year and I dont think that my children will attach the same importance to this collection as perhaps others might. I noticed when looking through their data base that it covers only Bomber Command crews flying out of the UK and I thought that this was a little strange and so is there anywhere that I can look for more details of my fathers squadron missions etc? If the IBCC is not the best place to give these rather precious (to me) items to then can anyone suggest an alternative

    I have one particular photograph where it shows two of his friends both of whom did not return from a mission apparently over the Mediterranean after taking off from Abu Suier. I have no idea which squadron they were with and all I have is two surnames and I have been trying to track down both their aircraft and if possible their final resting places.

    My father flew in Wellingtons and latterly a B24J Liberator with the ID of KL372.

    Just out of interest..........
    Recently someone informed me that a photograph taken out of the cockpit of KL372 shows a fighter escort of two visible Mustangs and although the photograph is in black and white the crews are apparently Tuskagee Airmen as the aircraft tail planes are clearly a dark colour and are probably red.

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    Regards,
    These are some missions Your father flew.
    15.3.45. KL372 EP-C "Flotsam" - supply drop to Yugoslav partisans
    16.3.45. KL372 EP-C Monfalcone Harbour (Italy)
    19.3.45. KL382 EP-B Bruck MY (Austria)
    21.3.45. KL372 EP-C Novska MY (Croatia)
    22.3.45. KL372 EP-C Villach North MY (Austria)
    31.3.45. KL357 EP-P Graz MY (Austria)
    Please, to keep the memory, give the photos and documents to someone who will scan it and make public and available to researchers. Later You can donate to museums or something similar.
    Zoran

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    Hi Zoran. Thank you for finding this photo and the details. I actually have some photos of some of the missions and a few of the crew at Foggia and my dad did mention in his log book a supply drop to the partisans. I have tried to insert a photo but apparently the text is to long so anyone any ideas

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    Hello John,
    You are right. Tuskegee airmen escorted 104 Sqn on March 15th to Flotsam, and also on 16th to Monfalcone.
    Zoran

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    Thats amazing Zoran. Thank you so much for letting me know. I have a photo of one of the aircraft alongside my dads B24. I would like to share that so can I post a photo on here? By the way where did you get the information if its possible to tell me

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    Hello,
    For posting photos, I use postimage.org aka postimage.cc.
    Info I have is a result of a longtime search.
    Z

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    John,

    Can you discern the markings on the P-51's (codes, serials)? If so, could you make a note of them here.

    Col.

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    Hi
    No I cant see anything other than a number 10 on the left of the American air force logo. There are two P-51's and the dark colour of the tail extends slightly forward of the horizontal stabiliser at a downwards angle. The balance of both aircraft is light in colour, possibly silver. If I could post the photo the it might help but as yet I cant do that.

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    Hello John,
    I'm almost certain that this is the one. Name Dutchess Arlene on the opposite side and small numbers 648 on the fuselage.
    Can You confirm?
    Zoran

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    Hi Zoran. I am now almost convinced that the P-51 in my photo is indeed a Red Tail but I cant see any numbers other than the 10 which is forward of the logo. If I could post the photo then it may be possible to identify further

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