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Halfiax DY-X 102 Sqd

February 18 2017 at 6:12 PM
Chris  (Login baf39)
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Hi. I am looking for any further information on the loss of 102 Squadron Halifax DY-X LW227, shot down on January 20th 1944 near Neuruppin Lake. Specifically any surviving crew or those who knew the navigator Robert Chandler.

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Caleb Shaw
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Halifax DY-X 102 sqn

February 19 2017, 7:10 AM 

G'day Chris,

Thank you for giving me a bit of enjoyable research. Here's some info on the crew.

Halifax DY-X LW227, was shot down on a raid to Berlin on the 20/01/44. A German night fighter accounted for LW227. The entire crew survived.
W/O. R. G. Wiliding (pilot) PoW
SGT. J. L. Carrigan (Eng) PoW
SGT. R. W. Ghandler (Nav) PoW
SGT. J. C. Heap (B/A) PoW
SGT. T. J. Buxton (W/OP) PoW
W/O. F. F. Yeager (2nd W/OP) RCAF PoW
SGT. C. H. Shepperd (A/G) PoW

What I don't understand is, in a Halifax you only have one Wireless Op, and two Air Gunners, not the other way around. Maybe the Wireless Ops swapped duties every now and then.

That is all info I have found. Hope you find it useful.

Kind regards,

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Halifax DY-X 102 sqn

February 25 2017, 11:06 PM 

That is most helpful. I like your mystery and will have a think. I reckon this aircraft was shot down by Ludwig Meister of NJG4. It fits with his claim report. I have been looking at this on behalf of the daughter of the navigator. I really appreciate your interest. Chris

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