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    Default June 5/6,1944 Ditching

    Hello. On June 5/6, 1944 a 429 Sq Hali on the way home observed another aircraft on a parallel course burning nav lights. At 01:35 hours, this aircraft, after losing altitude, switched on his landing lights and ditched in the Channel at 01:38 hours. Air/Sea rescue was sent out and rescued 6 officers and 18 other ranks, mostly paratroopers. Any idea who this aircraft and crew belonged to?
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    Default Re: June 5/6,1944 Ditching

    Richard,

    Perhaps Lancaster LL833 of No. 101 Squadron, although it went into the Channel at 0050 hrs approx. 25 miles south of Beachy Head. Crew picked up at 0200 hrs by the HMS Orwell.

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    Default Re: June 5/6,1944 Ditching

    Richard,

    Possible candidate is a Short Stirling of No.299 Squadron, No.38 Group. Stirling Mk.IV 5G-H LJ819 ditched off the coast. Hit by light flak the Stirling, plus 9 para's of the 13th (2/4th Bn. The south Lancashire Regiment ) were lost. The skipper was F/Sgt John Gilbert DFM RAAF.

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    Default Re: June 5/6,1944 Ditching

    Hi Richard,

    To add to Chaz reply it was Leslie John Gilbert 421012 his file is on line at National Archives of Australia you can view his crash file by going on line and use his service number.
    There was a crew of six on the Stirling and nine Parras still on board, 11 Parras had jumped and stated they had not been hit up till then though there was a lot of flak about at the time. Also the Stirling might have been LT819.
    No trace of the aircraft was found on land.

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    John.
    Last edited by John Williams; 1st August 2022 at 10:16.

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    Default Re: June 5/6,1944 Ditching

    LT819 is not a Stirling serial.

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    Default Re: June 5/6,1944 Ditching

    I was going off his crash file at the Archives but they often get it wrong.

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    Default Re: June 5/6,1944 Ditching

    Thanks Gentlemen. Since the return flt was well west of Cherbourg, could it have been a Dakota?
    Regards, Richard

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