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    Default 51 Squadron 24th Feb 1944

    Looking for information about Halifax LV778 which crashed on 24th Feb 1944 Sweinfurt, Germany. 8 crew lost

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    The casualty file of the Australian mid upper gunner, F/Sgt John Carmichael, has been digitized:

    http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/ItemDetail.asp?M=0&B=1064624

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    Googling produced this info:-

    Airborne 1825 24Feb44 from Snaith. Cause of loss and crash-site not established. All are buried in Durnbach War Cemetery. F/S Longford had joined the crew for operational experience, thus leading to the unusual combination of three Commonwealth Air Forces in one crew.
    P/O D. Jackson KIA
    F/S F.G. Langford RCAF (P2) KIA
    Sgt R.J. Colley KIA
    F/O F.R. Rohrer KIA
    F/S L.N. Atkinson RNZAF KIA
    Sgt J.F. Brown KIA
    F/S J.A.L. Carmichael RAAF KIA
    Sgt J.C. Harthill KIA

    There was a thread about a year ago and the site and identity of the night fighter have been established by Theo Boiten. You can read it here http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4533
    to save you a search!

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    Default Lv778

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    Hi
    They were flying out of Snaith at the time and it was a Halifax III probably...
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    Here are the full details quoted from www.awm.gov.au:

    "Aircraft Type: Halifax
    Serial number: LV 778
    Radio call sign: C6 B
    Unit: ATTD 51 SQN RAF
    Summary:
    Halifax LV778 took off from RAF Snaith at 1825 hours on the night of 24.25th February
    1944, detailed to bomb Schweinfurt, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft
    after take off and it failed to return to base.
    Crew:
    RAF PO Jackson, D Captain (Pilot)
    RCAF PO Langford, F G (2nd Pilot)
    RAF Sgt R J Colley, (Flight Engineer)
    RAF FO F R Rohrer, (Navigator)
    RNZAF Flt Sgt L N Atkinson, (Air Bomber)
    RAF Sgt J F Brown, (Wireless Operator Air)
    RAAF 420537 Flt Sgt J A L Carmichael, (Air Gunner)
    RAF Flt Sgt J C Harthill, (Air Gunner)
    Captured German documents later revealed that the aircraft crashed near
    Sollbach/Bottweartal and all the crew were killed. They are buried in the Durnbach War
    Cemetery, Locality Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany. Durnbach is a village 16kms east of Bad
    Tolz, a town 48kms south of Munich."


    Sgt. J.F.Brown previously served as wop/ag with my father, Flt.Lt. Jack Hubert Stigner (89334), on Hudsons with 53 Squadron. They were one of three 53 Sqn aircraft (PZ-O Hudson MkIII T9461) to make the trans-Atlantic flight from the UK to Quonset Point in the USA on 5th July 1942, before going on to Trinidad. Sgt. J.F.Brown continued to fly with my father (mostly on the same aircraft, PZ-O) while the Squadron flew anti-submarine and convoy escort duties (in cooperation with the USN VP-82 squadron), until they returned to the UK at the end of 1942.

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