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Old 12th January 2012, 14:51
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Wellington LN451 432.Sqn 8./9. October 1943

Hallo,

looking for all Infos about the loss of Wellington LN 451 from 432. Sqn RCAF Skipton-on-Swale. Bomber took Part of Night Raid on Hannover on 8. / 9. October 1943. All five Crewmember died in the crash.
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Old 12th January 2012, 21:12
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Re: Wellington LN451 432.Sqn 8./9. October 1943

In W.R. Chorley's "Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1943" it has 432 Sqn Wellington X LN451 QO-W Op. Hannover Take off 22:54 Skipton-on-Swale. All are buried in Hannover War Cemetery. There is nothing listed as to what caused the loss.
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Old 12th January 2012, 21:33
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Re: Wellington LN451 432.Sqn 8./9. October 1943

My 2 cents worth. This was the last Bomber Command Wellington operation over Germany; since the time of loss is not known this may (or may not) be the last Wellington lost over Germany.
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Old 14th January 2012, 19:00
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Re: Wellington LN451 432.Sqn 8./9. October 1943

Hello All,
I have the ORB's for this squadron and these Wellingtons and looks like an error.
Last flight for LN-451 7/8 Oct and returned to base. Gardening - Rosemary. Pilot is VonLaufer. Coded QO-W.
Last flight 8/9 Oct and failed to return LN-457, Target Hanover, Pilot is D.C. Baker. Again coded W.

I have no problem with forwarding the ORB's, send me a pm with email address.

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Old 22nd January 2012, 19:23
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Re: Wellington LN451 432.Sqn 8./9. October 1943

Hi Dirk,

LN451 crashed in front of the church at Holtensen, removing portion of the roof of this building. The a/c did not explode on impact and therefore it was thought that the bomb load had been discharged prior to the crash.

The bodies of 5 were recovered from the wreckage and buried in the Village cemetery Holtensen.

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Old 22nd January 2012, 19:29
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Re: Wellington LN451 432.Sqn 8./9. October 1943

Dear Bill,


the last Wellington lost over Germany might have been NC539 of 69 Sqdn. crashing at Oeschebüttel on April 27 1945.

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Re: Wellington LN451 432.Sqn 8./9. October 1943

Thanks Stefan. I meant to say "last Bomber Command Wellington lost over Germany". 69 Squadron was 2 TAF.
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Re: Wellington LN451 432.Sqn 8./9. October 1943

http://www.6grouprcaf.com/Oct43/Oct8~943.html
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Re: Wellington LN451 432.Sqn 8./9. October 1943

Hallo,

Thank`s anybody for helping !!!

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Old 15th February 2012, 23:38
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Re: Wellington LN451 432.Sqn 8./9. October 1943

Appears that ORB's are not a reliable source of information. Maybe the W/C wrote typo's and got his Wellington S/N's mixed up.
ORB's indicates following.
Failed to Return LN457, 8th/9th Oct 1943, Target Hanover, Pilot is D.C. Baker. 5 Killed.
LN451 7/8 Oct 1943. Gardening - Rosemary. Pilot is VonLaufer, a/c returned - did not fly again.
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