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Thread: Stirling crashed 21 Febr. 1945

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    HansO Guest

    Default Stirling crashed 21 Febr. 1945

    Hi,

    Looking for details regarding the crash of this Stirling.
    It is believed to have crashed in an area, locally known as "Vinkenpeel", between de Rips and Oploo, the Netherlands.

    Crash close to a road called "Roelvinklaan".

    No 'hits' in Chorley.

    Any help very much appreciated.

    KR,
    Hans

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    Hello Hans ,

    Could this be the aircraft you are looking for :

    21-22/02/45
    83 Sqdn Lancaster MK III
    NE165 OL-Y Coningsby
    G/Captain A C Evans-Evans DFC
    FO S Marsh
    S/Ldr W G Wishart DSO DFC*
    FLt W C Fitch DFC GM
    FO D A J W Ball DFM
    FSgt R J Takle
    FO C Coombes
    PO E H Hansen RAAF

    Crashed at Rips [Noord-Brabant] Holland
    Killed -Mierlo War Cemetery


    Greetings
    Alain

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    Morning Alain,

    That's not the one I'm looking for. The Stirling came down maybe 1- 1.5 aerial miles from the 83 sq. Lanc. you're referring too. But thanks anyway Alain.

    KR,
    Hans

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    Hans,

    Also buried at Mierlo on this date were from 196 Squadron:

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2080621

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2080806

    HTH,

    Howard

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    Hi Hans,

    two 38 Group Stirlings were lost over the continent on the night of 21/21 Feb '45, while on a tactical bombing operation against Rees:

    196 Sqdn LJ894 (crashed near Rips?) and 299 Sqdn LJ896 (crashed near Rees?)

    Cheers

    RodM

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    Hello Hans & Rod,

    It was indeed LJ894 which crashed near De Rips. Pilot was W/Cdr M. W. L. L. V. Baker.

    Best Regards,

    Hans Nauta

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    HansO,

    You may want to read the following article that makes a reference to the Stirling crash (see bottom lines): http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/24/a3534824.shtml

    Groet,

    Leendert

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    Target was a bridge over the River Rhine near Rees. Reargunner F/Sgt John R. GORDON was severely injured. Pilot ordered the crew to bale out and decided to make a force landing to safe the life of his reargunner. Unfortunately both were killed in the crashlanding and initially buried in the temporary allied military cemetery along the Deurneseweg at Oploo.
    Crew who survived were:
    F/Sgt (Flt Eng) H.A. ('Bert') TURNER - F/Lt (Nav) G.W. FAIRHALL - P/O (Ba) A. EVANS and F/Sgt (WOp/Ag) R. BUTLER.

    Henk.

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    It's rumoured that LJ894 was shot down by friendly (Canadian) Flak.

    Henk.

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    Dear gentlemen,

    Thank you very much for this interesting information you provided. Leendert, thank you for the interesting link !

    Good evening,
    Hans

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