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Thread: RAF air raid on Sofia, Bulgaria, on 29/30.3.1944

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    Thx Zoran, yes it fits.
    BZ929 was "A" according to the ORB appendicies.

    Pavel
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    Default Heinz Otto Ziegler aka Henry Osbert Zetland & 104 Sqn JA512 'E'

    Further to 104 Squadron raid on Sofia March 1944 incl Wellington X JA512 'E' (ZP post #8 above)
    This aircraft was shortly after lost, on another raid against Sofia, on the night of 4/5 May 1944, leading to an interesting detail for one of the regular crew...

    Present on several ops Mar, Apr, May (though not on the 28/29 Mar raid): the exiled Czech Air Gunner (Rear Gunner 104 Sqdn)
    Heinz Otto Ziegler aka "Henry Osbert Zetland"
    Zetland was the nom-de-guerre of Heinz Otto Ziegler.

    CWGC as "Zetland":
    F/O Henry Osbert Zetland 87294 Air Gunner KIA 5 May 1944 (Collective Grave, Budapest)
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/fi...ERT%20ZETLAND/
    and grave reg crew list + AG trade note
    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/fi.../#&gid=1&pid=1

    104 Squadron as Ziegler:
    Record of Events Form 540 4 May
    http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ils/r/D8385571
    records the full crew of F/O Avery & co, including one F/O HO Ziegler as Rear Gunner
    Aircraft Wellington 'E' JA512 Missing.
    See also JA512 + crew ops in, eg, Mar, Apr 44 if not earlier...

    Also see:
    Marnham Wild Mary - a Life of Mary Wesley p94 (nom de guerre), p100, p247 plus numerous bio passages, indexed.
    And brief bio, sourced:
    https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Heinz_Otto_Ziegler

    See also
    "Zetland" in Casualty db here with full coll Grave crew list
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?qnum=50946
    and
    JA512 in Aircraft Losses db here, full crew list incl the sole PoW survivor
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=JA512

    Some online notes claim, incorrectly and without source, that Ziegler was a Pilot. He was a Flying Officer Air Gunner, as the Sqn record and CWGC Reg slip confirm.

    Heinz Otto Ziegler 1903-1944
    His war service and family remembered still.
    Last edited by Don Clark; 17th July 2021 at 21:05. Reason: order addnl
    Toujours propos

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