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    Default night photographic reconnaissance ?

    hello

    While perusing through the ORB of No. 544 Squadron in order to find some details about the loss of F/L John Harrington LODER, DFC, who is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, I found that he was lost during a night PR sortie (D568), having taken off at 22.25 on 15th May 1943 from Benson to operate over Northern France.

    Can someone elaborate a little about it ? I can see from the form 541 that he and his navigator carried out similar ops in the previous nights, taking off at 22.20, landing at 23.55 on 13th May 1943, 22.20 to 23.45 on 14th May. All were successful and were flown over northern France.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Joss

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    Joss,

    Just curious: was F/L John Loder in Mosquito DZ494?

    Regards,

    Leendert

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    hello Leendert

    Yes, Mosquito B IV DZ494 (relevant Air-Britain volume give units as PRU/540 but not 544 Squadron...
    Navigator was F/Sgt Trevor Jones HUGHES, commemorated on Runnymede Memorial.
    They flew that Mosquito four times in May 1943 (on the form 541 page coveing this part of the month). No individual letter quoted.
    That would point towards a crash in the Channel, LODER's body being washed ashore on a French Beach near Boulogne-sur-Mer.

    Joss
    Last edited by jossleclercq; 31st January 2008 at 12:43. Reason: typo

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