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    Default 346 Squadron Halifax III NA.558 Bochum November 4/5, 1944

    I am interested in learning more about the fate of 346 Squadron (Free French Squadron) Halifax III NA.558, Bochum November 4/5, 1944. The ORB indicates the squadron lost 5 a/c on this operation! My interest in MZ.930 lies in the proximity of the crash site to Gevelsberg. Gevelsberg was hit by "Mine Bombs", seriously damaging a factory involved in the production of V-1 flying bombs. I wonder if the stricken aircraft jettisoned its full load over the town. The name of the pilot is barely legible, but seems to be Adj. Hannedouche. Were any of the crew POW and were they interviewed after the War? Theo Boiten lists the aircraft as shotdown by Fw. Erich Kubetz of 5./NJG2 at 1954 hours.

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    Default Re: 346 Squadron Halifax III NA.558 Bochum November 4/5, 1944

    Hi Jim,

    Think you will find all you need on the French website halifax346et347.canalblog.com which details all the losses and crews that night. There were a few survivors from NA558 but the SS became involved and the story does not end well. Includes a later follow up locally by researchers in 2011.
    regards Peter

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    Default Re: 346 Squadron Halifax III NA.558 Bochum November 4/5, 1944

    Jim,
    You list two different serials in your message. Discounting MZ930, which never served with 346 Squadron, Bomber Command Losses has this to say about NA558:
    "crashed near Wermelskirchen"
    Two of the crew were made POW (pilot Adj Hannedouche and Sgc Vlaminck), one (Sgc Olive) evaded (but was later killed), four others were killed in the crash (Sgc Beauvoit, Ltn Vles, Slt Lambert, Sgc Limacher).
    Our db at http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=NA558
    does not list all of the names at present.
    Andy

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    Default Re: 346 Squadron Halifax III NA.558 Bochum November 4/5, 1944

    Thanks Andy. That is helpful. The a/c I am interested in is NA.558. Sorry for the confusion. I had confused Theoís labeling in his figure. Itís a Hail Mary, but Iím wondering if their was any record of if they had bombed and where.

    Jim

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