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    Default 547 Squadron loss - 5 May 1945?

    Dear all,

    Would anyone happen to know if 547 Squadron lost any B24 Libs on 5 May 1945? I am interested in why 1167418 W/O Arthur John Dale (WOp/AG) is buried on his own in AALBORG NEW CEMETERY, Denmark.

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    Hi Johhny,

    Liberator VII KK299 of 547 Sq went missing on 5.5.45

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    Find an interesting link for you with all details:

    http://www.airmen.dk/p433.htm

    Do not worry about the Dannish on the top - below is the same in English:-)

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    Pavel,

    Thanks for the speedy reply. Am I right in guessing the A/C code letter was 'E' and she was lost attacking a U-boat (U534)? Were there any survivors or other bodies recovered?

    Jonny

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    Default 547 Squadron Loss - 5 May 1945

    While I have no information at this moment as to the circumstances of the loss, three members of the crew were RCAF (air gunnners Flight Sergeant C.A. Keown and Flight Sergeant R.J. McLean plus navigator/bomb aimer Flying Officer C.D. Sweeney) and all are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial; presumably other members of the crew are so recorded or buried elsewhere.

    Since composing the above I have discovered that Pavel beat me to the "send" button. This must be some sort of record - two minutes from query to first response and less than ten minutes from query to this.
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    Yes Johnny, according to info from another page - link from the previous - http://www.flensted.eu.com/1945051.shtml.

    Except W/O Dale only body of F/lt Allen was recovered, all other are commemorated at Runnymede Memorial.

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    Chaps,

    An interesting story indeed! It appears that B24s from 86, 206 and 547 attacked 3 x surfaced U-boats on 5 May 45 in the Kattegat. B24 GRVIII KK299 piloted by F/Lt George William Hill attacked first but was shot down. None of the crew survived, however WO Dale and F/L Allen's bodies were recovered. U 534 was sunk, but later raised and now resides in Liverpool.

    I seem to recall a Flypast article or some such like piece on this incident. Can anyone jog my memory?

    Thanks again

    Jonny

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    Sorry I can not help you with the article but I would like to add that 5-6.5.45 was "very busy" at this area several RAF CC Liberators attacked and claimed several U-boast as sunk but sometimes it is very difficult to sort it out which plane attacked which U-Boat so one must be very careful and croschecking all the time.

    BTW U-534 is an amazing piece! I have visited it in 2005 but unfortunately it was closed that day:-( You can look at my pictures on my site http://cz-raf.hyperlink.cz/Research/20050722.html

    If interested I can send you some more by email.

    Pavel


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