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    Does anyone have a copy of the E & E report for W/O J H Hill, 161 Sqdn crashed 4/5 Aug 44?

    If so may I have a copy?

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    hello,

    There's no reference to it in Bomber Command Losses volume 5 by Bill Chorley, in the appendix about evaders and escapers. He's the only 161 Squadron airman in the section of the appendix with no E&E.

    There's a thin possibility that he actually filed a "liberation" report, which is in the WO208 series at Kew, after WO208/3327. They correspond to either airman who were "on the run" for a while before being captured, or airmen/servicemen who remained hidden close to where they came down, waiting for the "liberation" to come in that area. As he came down in the Marne département, he must have been liberated in mid-september 1944, say a month after the plane was lost. Problem is that this section of the reports is not catalogued.

    You may check Errol Martyn's "For your Tomorrow" volume 2, for there were two New-Zealanders onboard, killed in action.

    Also Olivier Housseaux's site about R.A.F. losses in the Marne (easy to fin through a Google search).

    HTH

    Joss

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    Bob/Joss,

    Here is the relevant entry from my Vol Two:

    "Fri 4/Sat 5 Aug 1944
    BOMBER COMMAND
    SOE Operation BOB 106
    161 Squadron, RAF (Tempsford, Bedfordshire - 3 Group)
    Halifax V LL248/U - took off at 2215 captained by Flt Lt E A Loos, DFC, RAF, and brought down 5km SW of Vitry-le-François, crashing near the village of Huiron, where six of the crew are buried in a collective grave. With assistance from the French Resistance the sole survivor, the RAF dispatcher, evaded capture and returned to Britain in October. A substantial amount of money for the Resistance was also on board and fell into enemy hands.
    Navigator: NZ405365 Fg Off Ian Armstrong BLAIKIE, DFM, RNZAF - Age 26. 757hrs. 76th op(?)
    Wireless Op: NZ417228 Plt Off Kenneth Frederick MORGAN, RNZAF - Age 21. 479hrs. 45th op.
    Blaikie, believed to have been on his 26th op with the Squadron, had previously flown a tour of 45 ops in the Middle East with 104 Sqn, RAF. Ferrying flights between England and the Middle East made up the others."

    On one of the New Zealander's service records is a letter dated 7 Jun 45 quoting text from a report by the MRES in Paris that includes a brief mention of Hill:

    "It has also been found that this aircraft was on a special mission and W/O Hill, who escaped, went under the pseudonym of Lieut. Chollet. I saw the people who sheltered him."

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    Many thanks to both of you for your help. It is appreciated.
    Bob

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