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    Default Wellington HF131 407 Sq 24.3.44

    Hi All,

    I have found a reference that Wellington HF131 ditched off Orkney on 24.3.44. and that one airman F/O Joseph N.G.Leclerc was recovered (Date or location not known) and buried in St.Olaf`s Cemetery,Kirkwall. All other Canadian crew are missing and on Runnymede, crew were:

    Pilot. W/OII George K.Jarvis.
    2/Pilot. P/O Arthur D.Morton.
    Nav. F/L Robert R.Perry.
    WAG. P/O Edmund S.Jacquest.
    WAG. P/O Hubert J.McLean.
    WAG. F/O Joseph N.G.Leclerc.

    Can anyone provide further details on this aircraft, and approx location of ditching
    please?

    Also where were 407 flying from at that time?

    Many Thanks in advance.
    Dave.

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    The experts will give you the crash details, probably as I write this. As for 407's location, Ross's CC squadron pages have them at Limavady, Londonderry, between January and August 1944.
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    Some minor pieces of info: 407 Squadron was at Limavady from January to April 1944, then moved to Chivenor in Devon. (From RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft by Griffin and Kostenuk).

    This aircraft was coded "C1*P", from the same source.

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    Thanks Dave & Bill,

    Looks like Limavady then so perhaps a/c ditched to the West of Orkney somewhere then if they were patrolling up North? I await further gen with interest. Anyone got 407 ORB which might give Op details and any last radio message?

    Regards.
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    Dave,

    An extract from They Shall Grow Not Old attached to Jarvis' casualty file at CVWM states that "the crew were engaged in a night navigational exercise when the aircraft went down in the sea off the Orkney Islands"

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    Default Wellington HF131 407 Sq 24.3.44

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks for your input, That book is actually where the ref came from, I should have quoted source, apologies to everyone for that, `They Shall Grow Not Old` has been a tremendous help over the years.

    I am wondering where Leclerc`s body was recovered from? Anyone know where death was registered?

    Regards,
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    Leclerc's body came ashore in the Orkneys, six weeks later.

    (407 Squadron History, Procter)

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    Default Wellington HF131 407 Sq 24.3.44

    Hi Ian,

    Thanks, this makes me wonder just how far from the Orkneys the Wellington actually was when it ditched,for the body to take 6 weeks to reach land gives an impression it could have gone down quite a way off.

    Regards,
    Dave.

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