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    Default Lancaster 22-6-44, Rotherfield Sussex

    This a/c was abandoned safely by all crew before it crashed at Town Row, Rotherfield in Sussex. It was returning from a raid I believe.

    Can anyone help me and the farmer identify the crew/pilot?

    The pilot revisited the site some time after the war.

    Dave

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    Hello,

    This could be your aircraft;

    Lancaster I LL838 550 Squadron BQ-S Op:Mimoyecques

    Took off North Killingholme 1400hrs to bomb a flying-bomb site. Badly damaged by flak. Crew baled out in vicinity of Tunbridge Wells, Kent. No injuries reported.

    Crew; F/L B J Redmond
    Sgt J R Penton
    Sgt J D Naunton
    F/O N Nunns
    Sgt J J Kermack
    F/O O A Hardy
    Sgt C J Watson

    Source: W R Chorley - Bomber Command Losses, 1944

    Regards,
    Dave.
    Last edited by Albion; 5th September 2010 at 15:18.

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    Thanks v. Much Dave.
    As I say Brian will be v. interested in the details as he has good memories of this and the Hurricane on his Dads farm. He said once there were oxygen bottles in the stream from this aircraft found years afterwards.
    Would love to know if the crew are still alive.
    Dave

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    Dave,

    Sad to relate that five of the crew died less than a month later;

    14/15 July 1944 550 Sqn Lancaster I LL837 BQ-Q Op: Revigny

    W/C P E G G Connolly +
    SGT PENTON +
    SGT NAUNTON +
    F/O NUNNS +
    SGT KERMACK +
    SGT WATSON +
    F/L K W L Fuller DFC +

    Possibly the victim of Fw 190. Crashed 0154 near Bussy-le-Cote, Department of Meuse. All buried in Bussy-le-Cote Churchyard.

    Source: Chorley, 1944 Losses.

    Dave.

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