Well I'm not sure of my great grandfather's trade in 406 squadron but unfortunatley he passed away 10 years ago. I can check with his son. The loss card is damn wrong I tell you. Norman survived if you check Riochard Koval's page it also tells you Binnie and Brakes survived. I have Binnie's account of what happened from a rough draft of a letter he wrote to Bert Brakes about 10/11 June 1944.
You might want to read my message again a little more thoroughly old chap - it doesn't suggest, nor did i, and nor does the Loss Card, that Binnie didn't survive. It states that he escaped - a fact that i (nor indeed Ian i think?) have not argued with.
I think you'll agree that makes your statement that "the Loss Card is damned wrong" perhaps premature, inflammatory, and rather short-sighted?
As i mentioned in my previous post, which you'll note if you go back and re-read it *proprerly*, you may want to check his trade in 406 "Lynx" Squadron - it is my suspicion that he flew as one trade with 406 and then re-mustered to Flight Engineer sometime between then and joining 420. I believe (but am not sure) that relatives of RCAF airmen have relatively easy access to their service records, so this shouldn't be a mammoth task for you to undertake. Once you have, perhaps you'd like to post your findings back on this forum for us - i'm sure we'd all be very interested to read what you have discovered.
Finally Chris, i've only very rarely known a Loss Card to be wrong. They were mostly compiled post-war, using information from a great many sources, and cross referenced many times against each of these sources. Without the "hurried" nature of compilation that afflicted so many wartime records (including ORBs), their details are not only very often 100% correct, but rich in their content and revealing of the aircraft and airmen they concern. Whilst i would never be so crass as to say they are never
wrong, i would suggest that the one appertaining to LW674 is correct in every detail (down to bomb load and route taken to and from the target) unless you can offer me pretty solid provenance that it isn't.
All the best,
"You can take the boy out of Wales,
But you cannot takes Wales out of the boy"