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    Default Halifax ditching 26 January 1944

    The ORB (AIR 28/442) for 10 ASRMCU, Torry, Aberdeen, makes reference to HSL 126 being sent out at 04:10 on 26 January 1944 to 56 53N 01 09W to look for a Halifax with 8 crew. This was in the middle of a minefield off the north-east coast of Scotland and the sortie was abandoned at 05:02. It does not say why this was (e.g. because the crew had been rescued by another unit). I cannot find any matching Halifax loss for this date, certainly not in Chorley/RAF Bomber Command Losses, nor can I see fatalities on the CWGC website which match. Please does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Halifax ditching 26 January 1944

    Hi Keith
    Maybe, up there, Coastal Command or a Met flight?
    Ian

    ps Do I recall that CC Hallies had a crew of 8?
    Last edited by ianh; 17th June 2020 at 10:41.

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    Default Re: Halifax ditching 26 January 1944

    Certainly not one of the meteorological reconnaissance squadrons, Ian. At the time Halifaxes were only being used for North Atlantic sorties from Tiree (518 Sqn) and Brawdy (517 Sqn). 519 Sqn (Skitten/Wick) and 521 Sqn (Docking) were both flying Venturas.

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    Default Re: Halifax ditching 26 January 1944

    Thanks Ian and Lyffe (and Col Bruggy) - yes, I think there were eight in a Halifax met crew. Col (whose response seems to have disappeared, though I did get an email notification of it) suggested DG349 of the MCU Tiree, which was lost west of Rockall on 28 Jan 1944. However, my query a/c was located in the North Sea, so it wasn't DG349.
    I suspect the ASR callout might have been a mistake or false alarm.

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    Default Re: Halifax ditching 26 January 1944

    My first thought was a possible mis-date for DG349, but the aircraft's last transmission was at 12.04 hours, a third-class fix giving a position of 56.47N 15.10W, so I discounted it.

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