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Old 13th March 2018, 04:34
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German sources III./ JG 54

Hello,
I am trying to locate the area in France my Great Uncle may have landed after bailing out on order from his Lancaster bomber ("H" PB 140) on date 6/08/1944.

W/O Donald Joseph LESTER, RAAF, 425173

Reports state:
Target successfully bombed and upon return aircraft was attacked by a formation of 9 out of 18 F.W.190s. Two concentrated on the aircraft which resulted in major damage.
Order to bail out given which LESTER did.
Upon receiving further information, Pilot J.A. KELLY, RAF, 150710 cancelled the order to bail out and crash landed at Ford, UK. All crew on board survived.
LESTER's parachute was seen to open at position 49.0 N. 0210 E.

I am trying to get a better understanding of the attack please.
Some reports suggest LESTER would have come down in the water off Jersey and drowned however others say he would have come down without attack
in Pontoise.

Any tips or leads to follow up most welcome please.

Thank you,

Tammy
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Old 13th March 2018, 09:59
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Re: German sources III./ JG 54

49.0 N. 02.10 E is just NW of Paris and just S of Pontoise
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Old 13th March 2018, 10:42
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Re: German sources III./ JG 54

This eralier thread is worth a look: http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=47649
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Old 13th March 2018, 11:24
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Re: German sources III./ JG 54

What is interesting in the link Nick is the number of Liberators claimed by III./JG54.
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Old 13th March 2018, 12:07
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Re: German sources III./ JG 54

No only III./JG 54 took place in this battle, but also I./JG 5, III./JG 1, III./JG 26 and II./JG 3.

I checked a local book "1944 Guerre en Ile de France". There are details for three Lancasters crashes in the area but nothing about a bailed out airman found dead or alive.
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Re: German sources III./ JG 54

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What is interesting in the link Nick is the number of Liberators claimed by III./JG54.
You can understand their thinking: "Big plane, twin fins, four engines, daylight = Liberator".
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You can understand their thinking: "Big plane, twin fins, four engines, daylight = Liberator".
For sure.

Did I./JG 5, III./JG 1, III./JG 26 and II./JG 3 claim any 'Liberators'?
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Old 13th March 2018, 17:13
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For sure.

Did I./JG 5, III./JG 1, III./JG 26 and II./JG 3 claim any 'Liberators'?
Nothing from I./JG 5 on Tony Wood's lists; one from 4./JG 3; one from 4./JG 52; seven from III./JG 54.
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Re: German sources III./ JG 54

Ofw Zander of 8/JG 1 claimed one Lancaster on this day.
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Re: German sources III./ JG 54

Lt.Mors of I/JG5 claims (12h15),according to the sources,1 B-17 (sic!) or 1 four-engine,fall southwest Chantilly/Beaumont-sur-oise
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