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    Default Halifax Crew L9493 16 Apr 41

    Good Morning all,

    The crew of L9493 (35 Sqn) crash-landed on returning from Kiel:

    Sgt Wallace I Lashbrook 563198
    Sgt Alfred R. Robbins 754051
    Sgt Hewlett
    Sgt Somerville
    Sgt Muir
    Sgt Broadbent

    All were safe. I'm trying to identify the rest of the crew. I found a Somerville, Muir and Broadbent in the PoW list, but don't know if they were part of a Bomber crew neither when they became a PoW. Any details on those crewmen would be appreciated. Hewlett as a FE may have been commissioned later on.

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    Phil
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    Phil,

    Sgt Hewlett, probably; 1267271/(126470) Cyril Arthur HEWLETT RAFVR (later F/O - DFC 35 Sqn.) - PoW 27/28-9-1943 No.35 Sqn. Halifax II HR907 - BCL4/334.

    Hewlett was also involved in an incident on 24/25-7-1943, when No.35 Sqn Halifax II HR803, crashed in a field one minute out of Graveley (BCL4/238). There is no mention of any of your names (other than Hewlett), in both the above incidents.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col for Hewlett.

    Regarding the others, there is a CM Muir (1005864), a AM Somerville (574714) and a CW Broadbent (626263) whose names appear in the PoW list, their service numbers being correct vs the date of service in 41. Does anyone know their unit, and when they were taken prisoner? They could be the men I'm looking for if at least they were serving with BC when they became a PoW.
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    Phil,

    1005864 - Sgt C M MUIR - PoW 26/27-7-1942 - No.76 Sqn. Conversion Flight - Halifax II R9485. BCL3/159
    547146 - Sgt A N SOMERVILLE - PoW 16/17-8-1940 - No.10 Sqn. - Whitley V P4955 - BCL1/100
    626263 - Sgt C W BROADBENT - PoW 24/25-6-1943 - No.460 (RAAF) Sqn - Lancaster I W4320 - BCL4/207

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    Thanks Col. Muir, is my guy, Somerville not - can't be, and Broadbent possibly.

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    Wally Lashbrook went from 35 Squadron to 102 Squadron, I'm not sure about the dates for this.

    Wally celebrated his 100th birthday in 2013.

    Some of his memoirs have been published here http://www.102ceylonsquadron.co.uk/m...rooknotes.html

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    Phil

    Did you ever reach any firm conclusions on this one?

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    From AIR81 / 5887. The crew list of Halifax L9493 given previously on this thread is not correct. It should read,.....

    Pilot - Sgt Wallace Ivor Lashbrook (563198).
    Second Pilot - Sgt Alfred Ronald Robbins (754051).
    Navigator - Sgt Ronald Ernest Hewlett (746881). Slightly injured.
    Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - Sgt Ronald Leslie Somerville (970048).
    Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - Sgt Ronald Charles Andrew Muir (643697).
    Air Gunner? - Sgt William Broadbent (1113924). Slightly injured.
    Flight Engineer - Sgt Frank Stewart (566943).

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    Thanks for the update; I can fill in a few more gaps on my database. One observation ... there appear to be a lot of Ronald's!

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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