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Kienberg Crash Site-01/20/1944

February 2 2017 at 10:20 PM
Jack Kindrachuk  (Login Jake1255)
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I am looking for any information about the crash of a RCAF 434 Squadron Halifax on the night of Jan. 20,1944, in or around the village of Kienberg just west of Berlin. There were 2 survivors and the other 5 crew were killed.
Thank you.


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Halifax (LL135)

February 5 2017, 4:25 PM 

Hi Jack

Hope this information helps.


PILOT (J21331)Flying Officer RCAF - CLARENCE SAMUEL BREST - from Honolulu in Hawaii, aged 21, buried in the Berlin War Cemetery, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany.
FLIGHT ENGINEER (R57681) Sergeant RCAF - JOHN ROBERT MORGAN - from Vancouver, British Columbia, aged 22, buried in above Cemetery.
AIR GUNNER (J26616) Flying Officer RCAF - MIKE GNIUS - from Regina, Saskatchewan, aged 22, buried in above Cemetery.

Sergeant (1316836) - LESLIE HUBERT DOE RAF - killed
Sergeant (171887) - HENRY BOLTON HILL RAF - killed (from Ballycanew in the Irish Republic)

Pilot Officer W M Kipp RCAF - POW
Pilot Officer J Snowsell RCAF - POW

AIRCRAFT: Halifax V - LL135 (WL-R)

BASE: Croft in North Yorkshire

SQUADRON: 434 (Bluenose)

TARGET: Berlin

DATE: 20/21 January 1944

NOTE: Four aircraft from 434 Squadron were lost on this raid

LL135 took off from Croft at 1620, was hit by flak over the target (Berlin) at 20,000 feet, the other aircraft lost were LK656, LL141 and LL179, in total 16 crew members were killed, 2 injured, 5 taken POW and 5 returned.

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Re: Kienberg Crash Site-01/20/1944

February 5 2017, 7:10 PM 

Brest's file has the aircraft crashing in the village square of Kienberg. All dead originally buried in the Kienberg cemetery. Remains exhumed and moved to Heerstrasse (Berlin 1939-45) 27 February 1948.

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