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    Can anyone please help with information on the loss of 626 Squadrons Lancaster LL797 on 24th/25th February 1944.

    Andy j
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    24-25 February 1944

    626 Squadron

    Lancaster I LL797 UM-B2

    Crew. F/O. J P. Hutchinson DFC RAAF +
    Sgt. B R. Bowditch +
    Sgt. A. Hodgson +
    P/O. L E. Goodkey RCAF +
    F/O. P H W. Young +
    Sgt. R. Edgeworth +
    F/S. H F. Binder RCAF +
    F/S. K J. Macey +

    Took off 1810 hrs Wickenby for the final sortie of their first tour on operations and carrying a second pilot, Sgt. Bowditch for operational experience.
    Crashed at Marsal (Moselle) 10 km SE of Chateau-Salins, France. All are buried in the churchyard at Marsal.

    BCL Vol.5 - W R. Chorley.

    Hope this is a help.

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    Peter.

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    Hi Andy

    Have you been in contact with Adrian Lee who is researching this crew.

    I have information on the other losses that night and the operation itself.

    Can I ask what your connection is?

    regards

    Mike

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    Hello Andy,

    Back in September, 1943, the then, AUS416501 F/Sgt Jack Pierce HUTCHINSON RAAF, and CAN R/148514 Sgt Leonard Earl GOODKEY RCAF, were involved in the following incident:-

    6-7 September 1943
    12 Sqn.
    Lancaster I ED392 PH-D2
    Op: Munchen.

    Took off 1956 Wickenby. Heard on W/T at 2015 stating that an engine had failed. Subsequently, the Lancaster came down in the sea off Spurn Head. The two airmen who died are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    F/S J P Hutchinson
    Sgt J A Stapely
    Sgt L C Goodkey
    Sgt C Walton +
    Sgt G R Gabriel
    Sgt R Burr
    Sgt A E Belshaw +

    (Note incorrect/incomplete details for Hutchinson and Goodkey)

    See:
    Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War Vol.4 1943
    Chorley,W.R.
    Earl Shilton:Midland Counties Pubs.,1996
    p.316

    See also: NAA: 166/18/173 (Disregard the Titling on this item. The NAA have typically, mangled the a/c. serial and the casualty date).

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 2nd July 2009 at 03:39. Reason: minor correction

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