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    Default RCAF 405 Squadron - Halifax W1186 - July 27, 1942

    On July 27, 1942, this aircraft coded LQ-P, on an operation to Hamburg, exploded and fell into the Elbe River seven miles west of the target. Another source says it blew up over a marshy area on the south bank of the Elbe approximately 10 km southeast of Stade.

    The crew were:

    F/S H.M.Slezak RCAF KIA
    Sgt A.D.Swansburg RCAF KIA
    Sgt K.S.Watson KIA
    F/S G.R.Titus RCAF KIA
    P/O N.L.Laing RCAF KIA
    Sgt J.W.Macauley RCAF KIA
    Sgt J.D.Creede RCAF KIA
    P/O D.A.Street RCAF KIA

    Macauley, Creede and Street are buried in Hamburg. The remaining men have no known grave and their names are inscribed on the Runnymede Memorial

    I am wondering if anyone has done further research into this crash. Perhaps an exact location of the crash, eyewitness accounts, or a crew photo. F/S G.R. Titus was my uncle.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks very much!

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    Default Canadian Archives.

    I've no information myself but you should request from the Canadian archives the service records of all the RCAF men with particular attention to files and documents relating to post war or wartime investigations of the search for the crew members.

    Details of how to do this are here:

    http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-909.007-e.html

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2063&highlight=library+archives

    Perhaps you have done this already.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Thanks ... My uncle's service records are pending from Library and Archives Canada. Hopefully they will provide some additional information. Thanks again.

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