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    Default 115 Squadron loss 8/9 Aug 1944

    Can anyone provide details of 115 Squadron loss/es 8/9 Aug 1944

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    Hi
    On the date in question 115 suffered 1 loss on an attack on a fuel dump at Foret-de-Lucheaux, accpording to Chorley, Bomber Command Losses Vol 5.
    Lancaster, LM166, KO-Y, crashed in the Pas de Calais area at Grand-Ruillecourt
    W/O T E Leggett,pilot, KIA
    Sgt R J Brookes, F/E, evaded
    F/Sgt D R Jennings RAAF, Nav, evd
    Sgt R R Watson Bomb Aimer,evd
    W/O H J Dowse, W/Op, KIA
    Sgt F A Maples, MU Gunner, evd
    Sgt R A McKeand, Tail Gunner, evd
    Those who died are buried at Grand-Ruillecourt
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    hello,

    Sorry to be nit-picking, but correct spellings are "Lucheux" and "Grand-Rullecourt".

    first names of survivors are :
    Richard John Brooks
    DesmondRoy Jennings
    Ronald R. Watson
    Frederick A. Maples.

    I have pictures of the graves in Grand-Rullecourt, if needed

    CWGC gives no details (age, next-of-kin) for any of these three airmen. I'd be interested to have anything about them

    Joss

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    Joss/Pzulba
    I've got the esc/ev reports for Maples, Jennings, Brooks and Watson, let me know if you want copies.
    AlanW

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    hello Alan

    I'm having a short break at the office. I don't know if I have their E&E, and I'll contact you later on, when I'm back home.

    Cheers

    Joss

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    Evening chaps,

    I would be very interested to know if, in the E&E reports, crew members told of the cause of the crash & the time of loss, as I would like to determine of it was shot down by a German night fighter.

    Cheers, Theo

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    Hi Theo,
    Jennings, Maples and Watson all state that aircraft was on return flight when it collided with another aircraft from the same flight at approx 23.59hrs.
    Regards........Alan

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    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for the interesting info -not a single mention in the three E&E reports was made as to any fighter attack that may have been the cause of this loss?

    Cheers, Theo

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    Hi Theo,
    Will send you copies via email
    Regards.....Alan.

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    Hi Alan,

    received the scans OK, indeed, no mention in any of these E&E reports of a fighter attack that caused the loss. I have a 'Halifax' claim by a German Nachtjäger on this night that I cannot tie to any BC losses on this night, and judging from the E&E reports this a/c was not brought down by a NJ.

    Cheers, Theo

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