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    I am researching the service details of Flt Lt S H Jones, 106 Sqn who was the sole survivor of Lancaster ND868, lost on the 23/24 September 1944. Could anyone point me in the right direction as to finding out more about him.
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    Hello,

    117959 Sidney Henry Jones. Commissioned 5 March 1942. Previous NCO number was 930434.

    Oliver Clutton-Brock's "Footprints on the Sands of Time" has him in Stalags 9C and Luft III.

    Unrelated to this enquiry but I saw your post on TOCH asking about a collision between this aircraft and a 463 Squadron machine. There is nothing in the service files of the three RCAF members of ND868 which remotely suggests a collision. In the rear gunner's file is a very brief MRES report listing crew. No narrative or witnesses as you see in a lot of these reports.

    Regards,

    Dave
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    Hi,

    I had a look at 463 Sqn LM309 lost that night and the three Aussie crew whose files are on line makes no mention of a collision. The three files on line were the three pow’s. The other 463 Sqn loss that night was LM223 which was lost without trace.

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    Hello,

    Read the reports of the 3 of the survivors of 463 Sqn RAAF Lancaster LM309, here:

    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1252717 (Download, see: p.55 of 94).

    Two of the survivors mention the possibility of a collision with another aircraft. Other 463 Sqn crews reported seeing LM223 collide in the air with LM309 over the target.

    F/O F J Lindquist RAAF and crew were on their second op. P/O Staples RAAF and crew were on their first.

    Col.
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    Thank you all very much for your inputs. As a general question, is it possible to obtain/view Service Records on line, or does one have to go direct to the RAF to get them??

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    Hi Andy,

    Aussies service and crash files can be viewed on line if they have been digitised. If not you can have them put on line by paying $40.00 Aud. The NAA are putting all our WWII files on line but this may take some time.

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    John.

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    Thank you for that information, John

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    What is interesting is that out of the eight crew members on board ( a new squadron pilot was also on board), only the pilot survived when the aircraft was shot down. Could he have been trying to make an emergency landing? He was injured and spent time in various German hospitals before ending up in a POW camp......
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    Andy,

    You'll read quite often that the pilot was sole survivor.

    Possibly because of all aircrew he would be the one wearing the seatback parachute. Aircraft blows up and he is thrown clear.

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    Dave

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    Dave
    Thanks for that - I hadn’t thought of that possibility
    Andy

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