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    Default 428 Sq RCAF return to Canada on 1.6.1945

    Hi all,

    the squadron ORB stated 14 crews took of for return to Canada via Azores.
    I would like to ask if the return went smoothly or if there were any accidents at any stage of the trip?

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    Pavel
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    Pavel,
    Look at https://digital.nmla.metoffice.gov.u...-2d2a2c30b553/ Image 11 of 128. Three little low pressure systems over (1) UK, (2) Azores, and (3) Maritime Canada. These should, normally, not be too much of a problem in June (well after the winter depression ‘season’, and before the N Atlantic hurricane season!). Should have been OK – but you never can tell!!!
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    Hi Pavel,

    One "crashlanded in the sea about one half mile off the coast of the Azores" and "another was held up in the Azores"

    Check your email.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thanks chaps.
    Dave your email has been answered.

    Pavel
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    I have heard that the Lancaster that ditched off the Azores had documents on board in the bomb bay and that these were lost. Iím not sure what specifically was lost but one does wonder.

    Jim

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    Jim,

    Greetings from across the Straits in dank Cowichan Bay.

    There's a fascinating illustrated article on returning RCAF Lancasters on the Vintage Wings site with refs to the Azores and 428 Sqn:

    http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNe...ancasters.aspx

    A tip: the article continues at considerable length after the orange 'If you wish to receive...' text box.

    Robert
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    Thanks Robert. I have seen that article and downloaded it. I have a high resolution photo from DND Canada of some lancs at Yarmouth, and dad’s KB865 is front and centre in the foreground. Dad was screened before they returned to Canada, so did not fly her back. Someone by the name of Peters flew her home.

    Incidentally, some years ago, someone gave me a photo of KB865 that was taken at Comox. Not sure if it was around the time that Joe McCarthy was CO at the station.


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    Jim,

    FYI. The Gander flight log shows KB865 was one of 13 Lancs to depart the Azores and arrive at Gander on 10 June 45. The logs generally record each Captain's name for east and westbound transatlantic flights (Ferry Command and commercial), but few of the names are recorded for the returning Lancs.

    Darrell

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    Thanks Darrell. I have a photo of F/Lt. Peters with his crew at Yarmouth in front of KB865. I'm pretty sure it was he who flew here home. The photo shows the names of the crew stenciled at their locations on the a/c. She also has "white-wall" tyres! I guess the gleeful ground crew had too much time on their hands!

    Jim

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    Pavel,

    Would I be correct to say that the Lancs that left the Azores on that date did not fly to Gander? Many of the returning Lancs did stop at Gander, but the airport log for 1 June 45 shows no arrivals from the Azores.

    Darrell

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