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Thread: 1942 American bomber ditched in North Sea. All crew saved.

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    1942 American bomber ditched in North Sea. All crew saved.

    Hello to you aviation experts. My Dad served the RAF on high speed launches of the Air Sea Rescue service in WW2. He is still alive at 94 and he has told me that he crewed on one such launch based in Grimsby, England (HSL144) that went to rescue the crew of an "American bomber" some time before December 1942. In the English North Sea. The amazing thing is that all 10 American crew were rescued alive and he tells me that the plane was still afloat when they arrived at the scene of the ditching. This story seems to me to be very worth investigating. I would love to identify the particular plane. He also said the other day that one of the plane crew was so grateful that he gave my Dad his electric heated flying suit! A family member tells me it was light blue. Can anyone help me out here to identify the plane (presumably a B-17 or B-24) and hopefully the crew? Identifying the bomb group would help. Many thanks if you are able to give me a lead. Thank you.

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    This enquiry seems to have been posted elsewhere a few days ago - see http://forum.armyairforces.com/threa...55/#post-10028 and scroll to top of page. I mention this only because it attracted quite a few replies, none of which was able to identify the incident/aircraft.

    Brian

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    As recommended by others in response to your query on the RAF Commands forum earlier this year (http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-North-Sea-WW2), your best approach is to obtain a copy of AIR 29/443 from the National Archives; the reference includes the Operations Record Book (aka diary) for No 22 Air Sea Rescue unit based at Grimsby (see http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-Asr&styleid=3).

    Incidentally, your query on the RAF Commands forum noted only 8 crew members were saved.

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    Sincere request- Please take the time to ensure that thread titles do not read as alarming contemporary happenings.

    Thanks

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    Seconded! I can't think of that many 1942 US bombers actually plying in Europe, and losing any of them would be dreadful.

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    Thirded! Interrupted my supper for 'urgent' news, not.
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