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    Default Aircraft shot down North Sea 20th Feb 1942

    Can anyone help me identify a two engined allied aircraft that was shot down in the North Sea on 20th Feb 1942. I do not know if it was RAF, FAA, USAF or other. I do not know if there were survivors or not. Potential crash site anywhere between Boulogne and Cuxhaven. I cannot see anything in Middlebrook so I presume it is not a bomber command aircraft. I do not have Chorley 1942. Does anyone have access to other ref books that may cover this date for Coastal Command, FAA, twin engined fighters or USAF?
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    Hi James,

    Tony Wood in his lists have no Luftwaffe claim on this day!

    The nearest is for the 21. February 1942

    21.02.42 Ofw. Heinz Kornacker 9./NJG 3 Hudson  - 18.10 Film C. 2031/I Nr.94014/42

    So it may be shot down by the coast flak (?) or crahed for another reason

    Pavel
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    At this time of the war and in this area, a tow-engined aircraft could only belong to RAF (including there Allied squadron flying with RAF) or Luftwaffe.

    Giving more details about your original source (AC viewed crashing ? viewed ditched and floating ? claiming by ship's Flak ?) could help searching it.

    There is no casualty listed for 20 Feb 1942 on the Runnymede Memorial, the logical place for any RAF crew lost at sea in the area.

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    All air force casualties for this day were either in the UK or in the far east, according to a search of the CWGC database using Geoff's search engine.
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    Thank you all for your replies.
    I recenly saw a photo of a "splash" and was told by a witness that it was a twin engined allied aircraft. The date given was the date written on the photo, though of course this may be innacurate. The photo was taken from a German convoy escort which was cruising the southern end of the North Sea at this time. It is likely that the crash may have been a result of fire from a German vessel, or possibly a flak battery. As the photo was in daylight, it would rule out most night time bomber raids. Hopefully as you kind chaps have found no casualty for this time it will hopefully mean the crew survived. Unfortunaly all there is in the photo is a big splash. The aircraft is too small and obsured to verify a type.
    Thank you again
    James

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    It is also possible that the splash was not the aircraft crashing, but either Flak shell or a bomb splashing between the ship and the aircraft, that escaped at wave height.

    Anyway, rather than trying to find a loss, you should search traces of a contact between a RAF aircraft (either of Coastal Command or of 2 Group, Bomber Command) in this area and a German convoy.

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    Dear Laurent
    Thank you for your advice. I think this is the way to go.
    Best wishes
    James

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    Default No luck sorry

    [QUOTE=James Castle;55384]
    Quote removed. Read the sticky.
    Ross
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    Nothing in Chorleys vol 3 (1942) or his HCU/OTU volumes. I dont have anything that covers the others you mentioned. Hopefully someone else might be able to help you.
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    Dear Dee
    Thank you for looking in those volumes as I do not have access to them. It looks like it may be a Coastal Coomand aircraft or the date is incorrect.
    Best wishes
    James

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