Hi all,

Can anyone give me the crash details of this 429 Sqn a/c please? I have all the crew info. I am just looking for details on the cause of the crash which was somewhere near Stendal, Germany. Alison & Hayward just have it as "shot down" and the Stendal location is an assumption based on a report of the funerals for the crew, which were held on 25 Feb.

There is also an interesting story behind this aircraft's name 'J'-Judy Garland. It was apparently originally from 427 Sqn. On May 24, 1943, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adopted the Squadron and allowed the names of such stars as Lana Turner, Greer Garson, Joan Crawford, Heddy Lamarr, and others to be displayed on the aircraft.

http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/1w-1e/sqns-escs/page-eng.asp?id=392

Anyone know why the aircraft would have been transferred to 429 sqn and was it normal for an a/c to retain its call letter and name when switching units?