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    Default Lancaster Mk.I ME700 VN-N - F/L O. G. Korpela

    L.S.,

    More known about Service numbers, positions, hometown ?
    See ...........

    Lancaster Mk.I ME700 VN-N - F/L O. G. Korpela - 02:09 - at Luttenberg ( Overijssel)
    50 Squadron - RAF - 23rd September 1944 - Operation Dortmund-Ems Canal
    4 KIA - 3 EVD

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    Crew: Lancaster Mk.I ME700 VN-N - 23rd September 1944 - Mission Dortmund-Ems Canal
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    ....... - F/L - Pilot - Oliver G. Korpela - RCAF - EVD
    born 18 Jun 1920, Nemegos, ON - died 19 Feb 2006, Sudbury, ON - Age 85
    Nemegos = Small Finish settlement near Chapleau - 225 km NW of Sudbury -

    ....... - Sgt - ......... - H. Mcfarlane - EVD

    1395660 - F/S - Navigator - E. H. Tunnell - RAFVR - Age 23 - KIA - Dalfsen Cemetery - Grave 6-1-21 -

    ....... - F/O - ......... - C. D. Lucas - EVD

    1332939 - F/S - W.Op./Air Gunner - R. Larcome - RAFVR - Age 21 - KIA - Dalfsen Cemetery - Grave 6-1-22 -

    J/38162 - F/O - Air Gunner - A. B. Harvey - RCAF - Age 25 - KIA - Dalfsen Cemetery - Grave 6-1-23 -

    J/21396 - F/O - Air Gunner - J. M. Dunsmuir - RCAF - Age 26 - KIA - Dalfsen Cemetery - Grave 6-1-20 -
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    Statement Oliver Korpela (RCAF J/24402): Shot down by an FW190, crashed near the house of miller Feijen, Welsumerweg at Welsum, 2 km NE of Dalfsen, 23.40 hrs. F/O Charles D. LUCAS - 153271 was the bombaimer; Sgt Harry McFARLANE - 1822135 the flight engineer. They were liberated by advancing allied troops 30-3-1945 at Zelhem (and that's where I live at the moment !).
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    Hello Henk,

    Thanks for these details.

    When I see the name Zelhem .... something reminds me of an USA Airmen
    39561313 - O&2061923 - 2nd Lt. Richard P. Fuller - Co-Pilot - EVD
    did crash with B-17G-55-BO - #42-102658 - "Blanco Diablo" - Wed 6 Dec 1944 -

    Was he also in that area ?

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    Yes indeed, FULLER was in the same party; they actually were with five men. The lucky number five was F/O (Pilot) Anatole J. COTÉ - RCAF J/14529 of 439 Sqn who was shot down by Flak 14-1-1945. Tasked to attack a V2 launching area at Hessum near Dalfsen his Typhoon IB serial RB204 was hit by Flak mounted at the crossing Vlierhoekweg/Hammerweg and crashed 15.00 hrs W of the Middenweg near Dalmsholte, community Dalfsen.
    Regards,
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    Hello Henk,

    This is GREAT

    F/L (Pilot) Oliver KORPELA - RCAF J/24402 -
    F/O ( Bomb Aimer) Charles D. LUCAS - RAFVR - 153271 -
    Sgt ( Flight Engineer ) Harry McFARLANE - RAFVR - 1822135 -
    2nd Lt. ( Co-Pilot) Richard P. FULLER - USAAF - O&2061923 -
    F/O (Pilot) M. J. A. Coté - Anatole J. COTÉ - RCAF J/14529 -
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    They were liberated by advancing allied troops 30-3-1945 at Zelhem

    Got in contact with Fuller for over a year, he did mention the name Zelhem<br>
    Althrough after several promises to send something ....
    my email and snail box are still empty :(

    But anyhow this is EXCELLENT to get these names together ;)
    More known about "The Lucky Five" ?
    Is there something written in a book or article ?

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    I had the opportunity to read a study (52 pages) made by an unknown researcher on this evasion. I had it on loan and can't copy it because the originator is unknown to me. The study starts with a poem by J.G.L. Küppers, written in Dalfsen 1986 in memory of the valiant crewmembers DUNSMUIR, TUNNEL, LARCOME and HARVEY. The poem is titled: "FALL 1944".

    DOWN HERE THE GAME
    OF HIT AND RUN,
    UP THERE YOU CAME
    TO HIT THE HUN.

    TO US YOU DROPPED
    BY PARACHUTE,
    THE ARMS REQUIRED
    AND FOOD TO BOOT.

    YOU FOUGHT AND FELL
    AND HIT THE DECK,
    BUT IN THE END
    BROKE JERRY'S NECK.

    I'M GRATEFUL FOR
    THIS DAY WE MET,
    I STILL MAY LIVE
    "LEST WE FORGET".

    Regards,
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    Hello Henk,

    Will check the folks of the "Dalfsen Historic Foundation"

    Thanks

    TUNNEL, .... must be TUNNELL .... ;)

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    Henk,

    F/O - J. A. COT&#201; - "Joe" -
    14 Jan 1945 from B-78, Eindhoven - up 12:55 -
    for a Ramrod on bridge at Besthmerberg and straffing
    Forced landing - 13:55 -
    Details ... see: http://www.rcaf.com/439squadron/14a.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henk Welting View Post
    The lucky number five was F/O (Pilot) Anatole J. COT&#201; - RCAF J/14529 of 439 Sqn who was shot down by Flak 14-1-1945. Tasked to attack a V2 launching area at Hessum near Dalfsen his Typhoon IB serial RB204 was hit by Flak mounted at the crossing Vlierhoekweg/Hammerweg and crashed 15.00 hrs W of the Middenweg near Dalmsholte, community Dalfsen.
    Regards,
    Henk.
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    Hi Henk and Pats, I came across your correspondence re Korpela, Fuller and Cote.

    I happen to be the "guide" who took these airmen plus Mc Farlane and Lucas from Raalte to Zelhem, and looked after them to some degree after that, till liberation.
    In the nineteen eighties I caught up with both Oliver and Anatole also went twice to the area to make an amateur video of the journey.
    If you are interested I can tell you a lot more. I did have some correspondence with Richard Fuller till some years ago.

    Gerard/ gehuet
    Last edited by gehuet; 4th September 2010 at 00:51. Reason: spelling errors

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    Gerard
    I would also be interested in your guiding of these gentlemen... Its always interesting to hear it from another side so please put it on here so we can all learn more.
    Dee

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