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    Default 78 Squadron crew MZ692 Douglas FODEN Innes CAPEL MM

    Innes Ian CAPEL 423016 RAAF received the MM for evasion after MZ692 was lost over France 23 June 1944. Another crew member Douglas FODEN 428495 likewise evaded without such recognition. The remaining crew were apparently captured within a short period to become POWs.
    The MM to aircrew is not commonly awarded, I did several searches on the forum but pulled up very little. Has anyone any knowledge of Capels Military Medal award or any detail connected to this 78 Squadron crew, one reference implied that it was an inexperienced crew. Dip checking the ORBs does possibly evidence that as the crew names don't appear to feature on dip checks.
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    Hi Colin,

    I have his citation which is a long one, to save me copying it out if you contact me off board on harleyDOT158ATbigpondDOTcom I’ll be happy to scan it for you. Replace the DOT & AT with the usual.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Colin,

    The citation to Ian Rossel Caple Innes' MM is on pg. 10 of 36 of his A9300.

    If the link has timed out use "423016" to search the NAA.

    Edited to add: Passed away 21 December 2019. Obituary: https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/tr...caple/5227214/

    Regards,

    Dave
    Last edited by alieneyes; 18th March 2020 at 19:59. Reason: added obituary

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    Thank you John responded to you.

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    Dave I did go onto the RAAF national site because of the predominated Australian crew of MZ692, your obituary link was where I found some clues on the MM but John has kindly allowed me access to the full story in his recommendation. It looks like all the crew have interesting accounts from my initial enquiries. Thank you.

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    Hello Colin,

    I have Innes' Evasion report in WO 208/3323. If you don't have it, and would like to see it, drop me an e-mail (you have it). He wrote he baled out near Cuvilly (that's in the Oise département, South of Laon which is in the Aisne département).

    Joss

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    Thank you e mail sent. Laon and Villers locations appear on the British Flight Engineer in this crew a distance covered of what looks like 70 miles before capture.

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