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    Default Ventura AE 852 shot down over the North Sea

    Ventura AE 852 was shot down over the North Sea 5 April 1943 while with No.21 Squadron.

    According to TSGNO the crew was comprised of F/S G.B. McKennie, F/S J.S. Laidlaw and two additional members, not Canadians. One of the unknown members of the crew was Sgt. E.J. Andrews (RAFVR). Can anyone tell me who the other crew member was ?

    Thank you for any assistance in this matter.

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    G Christian Larsen
    President Pennfield Parish Military Historical Society

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    Hello,

    From "Bomber Command Losses 1943" by W.R. Chorley : 21 Squadron lost 4 Venturas on that operation : AE715, AE726, AE839 and AE852.
    The entry for the latter is :
    AE852 was coded YH-S and took off at 1649 Porthreath similarly tasked [Ramrod 63, attack of an oil tanker in Brest]. Chased out to sea by Fw 190s and shot down some 30 km off the coast. All are commemorated on the Runnymede memorial.

    Sgt E.J. ANDREW +
    Sgt G.B. McKENNIE RCAF +
    Sgt J.S. LAIDLAW RCAF +
    Sgt G.C. GARDNER +

    Joss
    Last edited by jossleclercq; 14th March 2010 at 17:53.

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    Thanks Joss...greatly appreciated.

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