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158 Squadron Halifax LK850

March 28 2013 at 2:36 PM
Andy  (Login Dexter_red)
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Hi. I am trying to find any information on the fate of Halifax LK850 (RAF Lisset, 158 Squadron) reported missing on the night of 2/3 June 1944. My Uncle - Sgt R Ward was w/op and killed that night. We know where he is buried but any more information would be gratefully received. Thanks, Andy.

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Sgt R Ward 158 Sqn

March 29 2013, 7:32 AM 

Hi Andy,
I cannot find Halifax LK850 from Bill Chorleys Bomber Command Losses 1944, but check out the following:-

2-3 June 1944

158 Sqn Halifax III LW635 NP-K Op: Trappes

T/o 2221 Lissett similarly tasked. Crashed at Barneville-sur-Seine (Eure), 8 km E of Routot. Those who perished rest in the Evreux Communal Cemetery. Sgts Ward's parents lived in Canada at Edmonton, Alberta.

F/S A J S Wright RCAF +
Sgt F W Bird pow
F/O A Browne +
F/S D F McCorkie RCAF +
Sgt R Ward +
Sgt J G Divers evd
Sgt M J Tremayne +

From the CWGC site,%20RAYMOND


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Sgt R ward 158 Squadron

March 29 2013, 10:45 AM 

Thanks Mike.

Just had a quick look at LW635 on google and it came up with Raymond Wards crew. I am a bit confused beacause I have the squadron records for that night and it shows them taking off in LK850 (K) ....LK635 is shown as NP-K.

Am I missing something? I will devote more time later.

I really appreciate your taking the time to answer me.

Ray still has a living sister in Canada.

Thanks again.


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Re: Sgt R ward 158 Squadron

April 13 2013, 10:42 AM 

LK635 is the right serial for this aircraft for Wards crew. Clutton-Brock, lists this aircraft in his book on pow's and his book on Evaders. The first rule of searching ORB's for info, is that they are full of mistakes, especially when it comes to aircraft serials. I can speak from experience over nearly 40yrs of search ORB's. It's not unknown for squadron diarists to list aircraft in the ORB, weeks after they were actually lost.

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158 squadron crew of LW635

May 19 2013, 5:42 PM 

Andy, I found the location and file number for the Evasion report for Sgt.James G Divers in the National Archives at Kew Gardens.

It is WO 208/3321 and it is report #2202 in this file. There are 150 Evasion reports in this file and they are NOT in any order, so if you want it you can go to KEW and look thru the file or you can order it from National Archives. Do not know this procedure.

This report may help with info of the shootdown of Halifax LW635.

So you are looking for WO 208/3321/2202

Hope this helps.

Cheers, Karl

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May 29 2017, 4:47 AM 

Halifax LK850 NP-H was destroyed by my grandfather on October 15th 1944 when an engine failed on take off.
He raised the undercarriage, forcing the aircraft to stop before running out of runway.
After evacuating the airframe, the payload destroyed the aircraft and damaged nearby NP-K.

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