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    Dear all,

    Who can give me information about the cause of loss of the following three RAF bombers that were lost during raids on French targets on 27/28 May 1944? (I have no documented evidence that any of these were claimed by German night fighters):
    -460 Sqn Lancaster LM545, crashed in sea off France during op. to Merville.
    -582 Sqn Lancaster ND814, crashed on W. edge of target, airfield at St-Jaques/Rennes.
    -627 Sqn Mosquito DZ468, lost without trace during op. to St-Valery.

    Any info to the causes of these three losses welcome!

    Cheers, Theo

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    Theo,

    Service records of the three RNZAF personnel on ND814 checked but, sadly, no info thereon to answer your query.

    Errol

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    Hi Theo,

    I know this loss: 582 Sqn Lancaster ND814 was shot down by the flak of 88 direct hit at close range.
    Spat a few hundred yards from the airfield of Rennes/St Jacques. At Moigné "Les Ponts de Chancors".
    Cordialement,
    Regards,
    Mit freundlichem Gruß,

    Dan

    Association Bretonne du Souvenir Aérien 39-45
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    Hi Dan and Errol,

    Many thanks for your replies, very useful!

    Cheers, Theo

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan35 View Post
    Hi Theo,

    I know this loss: 582 Sqn Lancaster ND814 was shot down by the flak of 88 direct hit at close range.
    Spat a few hundred yards from the airfield of Rennes/St Jacques. At Moigné "Les Ponts de Chancors".
    Dan,

    This is new information to me, for which many thanks. Could you also please provide a note of your source for my records?

    Errol

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    The RAF Little Staughton ORB has some information on the 582 Squadron loss:
    The aircraft was coded 60-T and was the Deputy Master Bomber for the attack on the Rennes (St. Jacques) airfield. At one point the Master Bomber directed the Deputy Master Bomber to drop their TIs on one of the hangers and they responded that they couldn't. The Deputy Master Bomber was thought to have blown up over the target at 01:45. There was nil cloud, good visibilty, moderate heavy flak and slight light flak. Their bomb load was 1 x 4 x 7" hooded flares- white, 11 x TI - white, and 1 x 4000 Lb. HC (MINOL).
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    Dave Wallace

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    Quote Originally Posted by Errol Martyn View Post
    Dan,

    This is new information to me, for which many thanks. Could you also please provide a note of your source for my records?

    Errol
    Testimonies collected by me even with witnesses, a few years ago. ABSA 39-45.
    The front, cookpit part of Lancaster is in the river "La Vilaine".
    Cordialement,
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    Dan

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    Dan,

    OK, thanks, though I shall treat with caution. As you know memories of events 50-60 years after the event can be notoriously unreliable.

    Errol

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