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    Default 418 loss over Denmark 1944

    Hello all,

    While looking for information on Flight Lieutenant Robin H. THOMAS 103025 and Flying Officer Gilbert J. ALLIN 154550 of 418 Squadron who went missing on a mission to Denmark on 30/9/44, I came across a Danish website which states that they took off from Coltishall, but at that time 418 were based at Hunsdon.Can anyone confirm which airfield is the correct one?

    http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=da&u=http://www.airmen.dk/p377.htm&ei=2txQS9-8MsSG4Qa-3ZyPCQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0C BAQ7gEwAg&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dgilbert%2Ballin%2Braf%26hl%3Den%26sa% 3DG

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    Jim

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    Jim,
    I would not recommend you to base your information on www.airmen.dk, but would trust Søren Flensted to have the correct information. He is also mentioning a take off from Coltishall, cf.
    http://www.flensted.eu.com/1944136.shtml

    Søren is active on this forum.

    A new book (in Danish) has recently been published on the flight/crew, but I have not yet have a chance to buy it myself.

    Regards

    Mikkel
    Britain's Victory, Denmark's Freedom. Danish Volunteers in Allied Air Forces During the Second World War
    fb.me/britainsvictorydenmarksfreedom
    danishww2pilots.dk - a resource on Danish aircrew during the Second World War

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    Thanks for the reply Mikkel.

    The entry for 30/9/44 in Hunsdon's ORB has "418 sqn made 2 day rangers to Germany,1 day ranger to Denmark.....Results:F/L Miller,Sgt Hooper landed Coltishall,1 Me109 destroyed in air.F/O Thomas,F/O Allin, not yet reported."

    Coltishall is about 90 miles (145km) from Hunsdon,maybe they used it as a take off point to conserve fuel?
    I am hoping to visit the NA at Kew soon,perhaps 418's ORB will tell me more.

    Jim.

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    I can confirm that Coltishall is the right airfiels. The above mentioned book has copies of 418 ORB as well as combat report.

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    Britain's Victory, Denmark's Freedom. Danish Volunteers in Allied Air Forces During the Second World War
    fb.me/britainsvictorydenmarksfreedom
    danishww2pilots.dk - a resource on Danish aircrew during the Second World War

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    Hello, I am Fl. Lt. Robin Thomas' granddaughter and so was really interested in your thread as I would really appreciate any pointers you could give me on where to look to gather more information on his mission and service records as I've just started doing some research and came across your thread. It sounds as though I should start with the 418 ORB at Kew, but are there any other sources I could use? Are there any plans for the book you mention to be translated into English?

    Thanks in advance,

    Katie

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    Hi Katie
    You should make contact to the guy who wrote the book (in Danish) about the crash. It might well save you a lot of work. Ifyou contact me thru my site www.flensted.eu.com I will let you have his contact details.
    Best regards
    Soren Flensted
    WWW.Flensted.EU.Com

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