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    From the RAF Davidstow website:

    '23-06-1943 - de Havilland Mosquito II DZ740 RS-? 157 Squadron collided with DZ707 DZ-? 151 Squadron near RAF Predannack. The crew of DZ740 were killed but DZ707 managed to return to base.'

    According to Geoff's search engine,151 lost two crew that day (F/O's Humphrey and Lumb),none given for 157.Is this correct?

    Jim.

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    From the following extract it seems both aircraft were 151

    "June 23
    P/O Humphries and P/O Lumb were lost over the Bay Of Biscay. Apparently, on returning from a patrol sortie, P/C Humphries misjudged his position in coming into formation with S/Ldr Bodien, as a result of which there was a collision. In the airborne tangle, a rubber dinghy became released from the fuselage of one of the aircraft, and wrapped itself around the rudder of S/Ldr Bodien's aircraft. P/O Humphries and P/C Lumb crashed into the sea and did not survive. S/Ldr Bodien and F/O Sampson returned safely to base. At the time it was felt that fatigue was responsible for the misjudgement, as this type of sortie, which involved total low level flying for long periods, was extremely tiring."

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/kelsey.family/1943.htm

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    Thanks Amrit,that seems to clear up that one.

    Jim.

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