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    Default William Frank Anderson, 426 Sqn 1944

    Can someone tell me about this loss on 1 Nov 1944. It looks like he was with Transport Command by this point. Thanks.

    ANDERSON, WILLIAM FRANK
    Initials: W F
    Nationality: Canadian
    Rank: Flying Officer
    Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
    Unit Text: 426 Sqdn.
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 01/11/1944
    Service No: J/29202
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    426 Squadron was still in 6 Group in November 1944. They flew bombing missions until 25 April 1945, and moved to Transport Command in May 1945.

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    Default William Frank Anderson, 426 Sqn 1944

    From Richard Koval's excellent 6 Group website:

    http://www.rcaf.com/6group/Nov44/Nov1~244.html

    F/O W. Anderson, RCAF and crew, flying Halifax VII NP-709 coded OW-A, failed to return from this operation.

    Sgt. J. Langton, RAF
    F/O G. Mullin, RCAF
    P/O C. Goble, RCAF
    Sgt. T. Edgell, RCAF
    F/Sgt. L. Griffith, RCAF
    F/Sgt. J. McLea, RCAF

    All were killed.

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    Was this the 6 and 8 Group operation over Oberhausen 1-2 Nov 1944 ?

    If so Middlebrook and Everitts 'BCWDs' states:-

    "288 aircraft - 202 Halifaxes, 74 Lancasters, 12 Mosquitoes - of 6 and 8 Groups. 3 Halifaxes and 1 Lancaster were lost. The target area was cloud-covered and the bombing was not concentrated. 36 houses were destroyed in Oberhausen and 4 people were killed but other places in the Rhur may have been hit as well"

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    Six of ANDERSON's crew (four identified - F/O MULLIN and Sgt's LANGSTON, GOBLE, EDGELL - and two unidentified - GRIFFITH, McLEA) were initially buried 3-11-1944 in a cemetery at the Nordstrasse (North Street) at Haan, SW of Wuppertal. Exhumed and reinterred in the Rheinberg War Cem. 25-5-1947.

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    Thanks all, my mistake on the dates for their move to Transport Command.

    Henk, where did you find the info about the initial burial? I am trying to make a note of sources for future reference.
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    Info from a German friend doing research in that area as well from the late Hans de Haan, a wellknown Dutch Air War historian (who passed away in 2004).
    Regards,
    Henk.

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