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    Default P/O E.D Levens 195 Squadron recovered from the sea.

    Hi,

    Flying Officer Edward David Levens, Pilot, RAFVR was killed onNovember 23rd 1944 while serving with No.195 Squadron.

    The Squadron ORB records that's body was recovered from the sea by a B.P.C - Can anyone explain what a B.P.C is ?

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    Default Re: P/O E.D Levens 195 Squadron recovered from the sea.

    Steve my first thought was British Patrol Craft. But when learning he is buried in Belgium, so it may be Belgian Patrol Craft?
    But it is just a long shot... I hope some one will be able to give you more precise answer.

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    Default Re: P/O E.D Levens 195 Squadron recovered from the sea.

    Slight possibility?
    Buffalo Patrol Craft? (USA CG-100 Class). Don't know where Levens was picked up - or if any Buffalos got to the ETO? But I do remember hearing the word Buffalo used by BBC War Correspondents (Maxted, Vaughan-Thomas) during the Walcheren operations towards the end of WW2. If I'd been asked to bet some of your money, I would have said "an amphibious vehicle (similar to a DUKW)".
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    Default Re: P/O E.D Levens 195 Squadron recovered from the sea.

    Hello ,

    P/O Levens Lancaster crashed in the Northsea sout-west off the island of Walcheren Netherlands , he washed ashore at Blankenberge Belgium and is buried at the CWGC at Koksijde.Son of Jessie Elizabeth Levens, and stepson of Sidney Butler, of Kensal Rise, London.

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    Default Re: P/O E.D Levens 195 Squadron recovered from the sea.

    Hi Steve,
    Some judicious googling led me to a post on WW2talk about Blankenberge - and the reply linking to a officer who received an OBE. Hugh Halliday has him here with unit "2nd Tactical Air Force Base Personnel Centre"

    Hope this helps,
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    Default Re: P/O E.D Levens 195 Squadron recovered from the sea.

    Steve's original Post used the phrase "a B.P.C.". That indicates, to me, that it was one, singular, item, rather than "a Centre" which would/could be a collection of buildings which might (or might not) have some device capable of recovering corpses from a maritime environment (or its edges?).
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    Default Re: P/O E.D Levens 195 Squadron recovered from the sea.

    Hi Peter,
    I referred back to the ORB, link here (page 26):-

    "Bomb Load 1 x 4000, 16 x 500. Primary target Nordstern. Missing, no news. Since {heard} that body of F/O Levens recovered from sea by B.P.C. and buried at Blankenberge on 24th November. No further news of the remainder of the crew."

    I interpreted this to mean a unit, presumably a local one to Blankenberge. All speculation on my part, of course.

    Another possibility I considered was a 'Beach Protection Craft BPC 4', which seems to have been a sort of MGB or landing craft with a battery of Bofors guns.

    Regards,

    Jeff
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