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    Default Halifax BB376 419 Sqn - 29 Sep 1943 raid to Bochum

    I have the basic details on this a/c and the crew list but I was wondering if anyone has come across it in their searches. It is listed as FTR lost without a trace on the raid to Bochum.

    The crew were:

    P/O J.R. Symons RCAF KIA
    Sgt A.W. Chandler KIA
    F/O G.E. Donaldson RCAF KIA (Toronto, Malvern Collegiate)
    Sgt W.D. Miller RCAF KIA
    Sgt D. Lucas KIA
    Sgt E.M. Cockin RCAF KIA
    Sgt W.G. Morgan KIA
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    G'day Dave

    Check this out.

    Cheers...Chris

    http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=51368

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    Thanks Chris. I thought I had done the search in Tweede Wereldoorlog's list but I guess not. I wonder how they know where it crashed? There doesn't seem to be a Luftwaffe claim for it. Was it discovered later?

    Henk, can you tell me what Tweede's source is for this?

    It's on p20 of the 1943 list. http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1943%20sec_tcm5-7284.pdf
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    Default Halifax BB376 419 Sqn - 29 Sep 1943 raid to Bochum

    I have checked the German Luftgaukommando Index Files, nothing is mentioned. Tony Wood has some claims in his registration on 29/9 1943.

    So a positive identification of aircraft must be based on identifiable aircraft parts, engine numbers etc., belongings of crewmembers fished up on crash location or washed ashore.

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    Finn Buch

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    Thanks Finn. I have looked at Tony's list and none of the Halifaxes listed match. Henk has told me he has this one listed as downed by marine flak, possibly from his late friend Hans de Haan. I am enquiring with the Dutch group he recommended.

    I am also thinking that the wreck must have been discovered at some point for its s/n to be known - listed as 6km northwest of Den Helder.

    Does anyone know if there was any discoveries made during dredging at some point? The crash location could well be in a channel leading into Den Helder and so possibly was a marine obstruction that needed clearing... just a guess.
    David

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