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    Default 158 Squadron loss - Trappes Raid, June 2/3 2944

    Can someone please look up this loss for me. (and obviously it's 1944, not 2944, finger slipped).

    I don't know which a/c it was but the crew were:

    F/O William Chant, Pilot
    (rank?) Stan Lawrence, Navigator, RCAF
    Sgt Sidney Thompson. F/Eng
    F/O Bruce Black, A/Bom (bomb aimer)
    P/O Charles Niblet, A/G (mid-upper)
    Sgt John Dunne, W/Op
    Sgt William Wales, A/G (rear gunner)

    I have just discovered that Lawrence, the only survivor, was the uncle of a good friend from school days. Lawrence died 26 Feb 2009, in Toronto. He was one of the 150 airmen who joined the Maquis in the Freteval Forest and stayed with them until the Allies came through.

    I have all the CWGC info, just need the a/c s/n and exact crash location if known. I have it that the aircraft crashed in a wooded area near the Town of Emance, about 30 km. southwest of Trappes.
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    Hi David,

    From page 252 of Chorley's 1944 losses:

    Lawrence was a WO2.

    Aircraft was LV921 NP-B

    Shot down by a night- fighter and crashed alongside a wood near Emance (Yvelines), 11 km SW of the town of Rambouillet.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Thanks Dave, perfect.

    I have also discovered a digital audio archive of W/O2 Lawrence, describing the episode.

    http://66.241.252.164/digital-archive/profile.cfm?collectionid=296&cnf=wwII
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    In the recording described below, Lawrence describes their attacker as an FW190, however Theo Boitens has attributed this one to Ltn. Frithjof Fensch of NJG 4 who was flying an ME110 - and bagged two other bombers that night.

    Can anyone suggest a possible reason for the mis-identification? I would think it difficult to mistake the two a/c, unless it is just a case of an assumption after the fact hardened by time. It was also unlikely that they knew what hit them as it was probably a Schrage Musik attack from below - or am I assuming too much?

    Theo says there were no single-engine squadrons operating that night.
    David

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