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    Wellington IC L-7843 from 214 sqdn was lost during the night off 27/28 september 1940.The crewmembers who died were buried in two cemeteries in Belgium. Does somebody has an idea were this aircraft came down ?

    Sgt Hall John R (KIA) pilot 740620
    P/O.Rea John (KIA) pilot 42647
    Sgt Peck A.C. (POW)
    Sgt Sambrook Harry E wop-gunner (KIA) 935979
    Sgt Williams T.F. (POW)
    Sgt Thompson K.S. (POW)
    Sgt Hall J.R. en P/O.Rea J. buried Heverlee War Cemetery - Sgt Sambrook died on 30/09/40 , buried Belgrade cemetery

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    hello,

    No crash site is given in "Avenging in the Shadows No. 214 Squadron Royal Air Force" by Ron James.
    No details either in BCL volume 1. Bill Chorley relied on the "loss cards" but back in the early war years, they were not as complete as in later years.

    Your best options are :
    1 - to look for Police and Gendarmerie reports in Belgium
    2 - check the PoW questionnaires for the survivors, in the WO 344 series in Kew. Sometimes (barely I must confess) they are precise about the place of crash / capture.

    Joss

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    Thanks Joss

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    Hi Alain/Joss,

    Bill Chorley in his Amendments and Additions (3940/113 214/L7843), mentions that Sgt A C PECK PoW, was repatriated in October 1943. Might be worth chasing up.

    See: http://www.rafinfo.org.uk/BCWW2Losses/

    Col.

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    Hi Alain

    According to my research on 214's wartime ops, L7843 / 'BU-X' was one of thirteen 214 a/c sent out this night. Two (including L7843) went to Mannheim. Two others went to Hamm, two to Soest, six to attack the invasion barges at Ostend, and one to Brussels.

    Sgt Hall's L7843 took off from Stradishall at 21.50 and, it seems, they successfully attacked the target. At 04.00 (ie on their way home) they sent a message giving an ETA of 04.30. However an SOS was then transmitted at 04.33, after which nothing further was heard.

    As the other posts say, 3 of the crew were killed and 3 became PoW so maybe the PoW liberation questionaires will give details of where they came down. However, if they had been only half an hour from base it sounds like they probably came down in the North Sea.

    The squadron's ORB then records that on the next day (28/9), 214 sent out two a/c on an Air / Sea Rescue search of the North Sea - maybe looking for any sign of Sgt Hall and his crew?

    I have Sgt Hall as having flown 5 ops as pilot (3 in this particular a/c), preceded by 18 others where he'd flown as co-pilot to F/O G F Irving.

    Hope this maybe helps. Good luck in finding out more.

    Ian

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    Hello Ian ,

    Thanks for the wonderful information

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