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Old 12th February 2009, 23:16
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Beaufighter crash 15/16 August 1943

Can anyone help with some information on an engagement between a Beaufighter of 141 Squadron and (possibly) a HE 177 on the night of 15/16 August 1943. I believe there was a Lancaster raid on Milan that night. The RAF crew bailed out and were captured near Flamanville in Normandy. The Heinkel may also have been shot down and I would be grateful if anyone has any information. I have a fascinating account of the engagement and aftermath from the Beaufighter navigator whose name I do not know yet. The Beaufighter pilot's first name was Robbie, but that is all I know at present. Erich Brown helped me to find the pilot who shot down my great uncle in 1944 (Hauptmann Roekker) and I was most grateful for that exchange of emails. Unfortunately due to computer crash I do not have Erich's contact details any longer. Many thanks

Peter Steer, Salisbury UK
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Old 13th February 2009, 10:24
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Hello Peter ,

Where did you get that story ? It appears that Beaufigfhter VI V8460 crashed in my area . Pilot was F/Sgt M. Robertson and navigator F/Sgt Douggie Gillam , the latter is alive. I'm in touch with relatives of both . They were captured and sent to Stalag IVb . I'm just trying to pinpoint the crash-site at Flamanville , the interest is the Serrate radar.
There's no clue of a He177 downed in that area that night , they first thought they were attacking a Wellington. I was asked by Douggie's relatives if I can find his shoes at the crash-site !

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Old 13th February 2009, 23:38
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Re: Beaufighter crash 15/16 August 1943

Hello Laurent,

The account I have is in writing from the navigator. I am very pleased to hear he is still alive. I have so many questions.

His account was forwarded to a friend of mine who works with a relative of the pilot, who I believe passed away in 1989.

My friend forwarded it to me knowing of my interest in such matters. If you are in touch with the families I am suprised you have not seen it. It is a 10 page written account. I would not want to forward it further myself without Flt Sgt Gillam's consent. The pilot was wounded in the arm by the attack but suffered a broken leg falling from a tree when landing by parachute.

According to the account the plane went down in a field near the village, wreckage scattered over a large area. Flt Sgt Gillam took most of his boots with him!

Any news on the Heinkel?

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Peter Steer
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Old 14th February 2009, 01:19
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You can find Erich Brown on the forum here:

http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/aviation/
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Old 14th February 2009, 11:05
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Hi Peter ,

I have yet Gillam's account and copies of their POW cards . On Gillam's Germans report he was member of a Mosquito !
Just a small piece of alu was found at the crash-site , it is hard to pinpoint however .
Nothing about the He 177 on my side.

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