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    Default Halifax III LW551 (ZL-G) Crash

    Hi to All!

    RCAF 427 Squadron Halifax III LW551 (ZL-G) was shot down March 18, 1944 during a mission to Frankfurt. The plane was shot down 65 km SW of Mainz, Germany. The actual plane crashed near Hillesheim. F/O T. W. Cooper died in the crash.

    Can anyone help me regarding available reports and photos related to this crash.
    Big thanks!/Rich

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    Rich,

    As the reports spoken about in Cooper's RCAF service (online on ancestry.ca) are not in his file I would suggest you request them from the service files of any of the other RCAF aboard.

    Charles Albert Cawson is deceased since 1982 so that will satisfy the Library and Archives Canada's requirement of 'death + 20 years'. You will need to send them the photo here: https://billiongraves.com/grave/Char...awson/13331167

    You download the required forms here: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/transpa...iles.aspx#tab2

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by richw_canada View Post
    Hi to All!

    RCAF 427 Squadron Halifax III LW551 (ZL-G) was shot down March 18, 1944 during a mission to Frankfurt. The plane was shot down 65 km SW of Mainz, Germany. The actual plane crashed near Hillesheim. F/O T. W. Cooper died in the crash. The balance of the crew jumped and ended up at Stalag Luft I.

    Can anyone help me regarding available German reports and photos related to this crash at Hillesheim?
    Big thanks!/Rich
    Can anyone help me regarding available German reports and photos related to this crash at Hillesheim?

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    Might I suggest that a polite 'Thank you' to Dave for his very quick response would not come amiss, especially given that your initial post did not include any caveat.

    Brian

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    Hi Dave!
    Thank you very much for you rapid reply. I did not know about Cawson's passing. I do have Cooper family info from Ancestry which has been very good.

    I am most interested if there was a German Report related to the actual crash. Also wondered if there might be a photo of the aircraft.

    Thanks again!
    Rich

    Quote Originally Posted by alieneyes View Post
    Rich,

    As the reports spoken about in Cooper's RCAF service (online on ancestry.ca) are not in his file I would suggest you request them from the service files of any of the other RCAF aboard.

    Charles Albert Cawson is deceased since 1982 so that will satisfy the Library and Archives Canada's requirement of 'death + 20 years'. You will need to send them the photo here: https://billiongraves.com/grave/Char...awson/13331167

    You download the required forms here: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/transpa...iles.aspx#tab2

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Yes. Thanks! I am new to this blog and still learning how it works, etc. I did try to thank him, but did it incorrectly. Ugh! I think I have achieved it now.
    Rich

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