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    Default Richard Bruce Lusted, R.A.A.F., 419800

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    Chorley in BCL 1944 and many other publications / sites which have derivated from his work state that F/Sgt R.B. Lusted, the rear gunner of Halifax III MZ368 of No. 466 Squadron, lost on 9 August 1944, was an evader.
    Neither his service file (A9301) nor his casualty file (A705) have been digitized, but similar files from his crewmates are, and I accessed them. Some mentions communications from the Germans, through the International Red Cross society, that Lusted was captured.
    I haven't been able to find an evasion report at Kew for Richard Lusted, but some reports in these last stages of occupation of France have never been filed, or were misplaced.

    Lusted is not in "Footprints in the sands of time"

    I start to think that his case may have been confused with his crewmate Lusk, as both surnames start the same way...

    Can somebody confirm that Lusted was a prisoner of war ?

    Last point, in the various documents about the loss of this crew, there's a mention of a picture taken during the daylight raid, by the crew of F/O Jackson, and this picture is apparently showing the downing of Halifax III MZ368 captained by P/O L.W.F. Burrow. Does anybody have seen this picture ?

    TIA

    Joss
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    Hi Joss,

    Your man appears in the 29 September 1944 The Age (Melbourne) (pg 5) as "Prisoner of War".

    He passed away 7 March 2010 at the Caritas Christi Hospice in Kew, VIC.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Hello Dave,

    Thanks for the help.

    I've googled several times but couldn't find these détails that you located in just a few minutes...

    Hope all is fine for you at home.

    Regards

    Joss

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    Hi Joss,

    This site comes in handy:

    http://ryersonindex.org/search.php

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Hi Joss,

    According to “Wingless” by Tom Roberts he was taken prisoner after the aircraft was hit by flak, he was sent to Stalag VII Bankau his pow number was 601.

    Joss I think I have a copy of that photo from a book that you are asking about, I’ll have a look today and if so I’ll scan it and send it to you direct.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Hello

    Thanks Dave for the link and the attachment by e-mail.

    John, thanks in advance for checking. The Squadron's ORB appendice contains 3 pictures taken during that raid, but not the one taken by the Jackson crew.

    cheers

    Joss

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