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Old 13th June 2018, 03:10
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Re: crash location 51 Sqn Halifax HR852, 11-12 June 1943?

Hello Rolland,
Many thanks for the newspaper cutting.
What are/were the chances of the twin being in the Army unit that freed the pow camp he was in ?
Thousands to one I bet.
I looked for an MACR but was unsuccessful.
Have you tried, you are much better at finding information than I.
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Alex
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Old 13th June 2018, 03:15
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Re: crash location 51 Sqn Halifax HR852, 11-12 June 1943?

Alex, there would not be a MACR. This was not a AAF plane nor an AAF unit operating the plane.
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Old 13th June 2018, 18:11
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Re: crash location 51 Sqn Halifax HR852, 11-12 June 1943?

Hello Rolland,
Thanks for the reply.
There are MACR's that involved Halifax and Lancaster's , for example Lancaster DV308, MACR9619 and Halifax LW427 MACR 8712, just to name two.
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Old 13th June 2018, 18:53
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Re: crash location 51 Sqn Halifax HR852, 11-12 June 1943?

Alex, in both examples you list, the Army Air Force members were on detached service (DS) from a parent USAAF unit and the parent unit did the MACR. So the AAF did do MACRs in some circumstances involving RAF planes and crews. Thanks for the correction. I am thinking that in Roberts case, he was not yet officially in any AAF unit, so there was no "parent" unit to take-on the responsibility.

A little on Ray Jay Gile, involved in MACR 8712.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Gile-59
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Old 14th June 2018, 02:01
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Re: crash location 51 Sqn Halifax HR852, 11-12 June 1943?

Hello Rolland,
I would agree that it may have been due to him not yet been allocated to a specific U S Unit .
Many thanks for the other link, it may well be helpful to any future request.
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