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After visiting the crash site and speaking to local historian I now have some more info regarding this story.<P>Hi Robin,</P>
<P>The date was a big help, thanks. It could be Halifax V LL183 MA-W, a 161 Squadron Hali as KK correctly identified by the code.</P>
<P>The information given re this loss in Bomber Command Losses by W R Chorley is as follows:</P>
<P>Took off 2242 from Tempsford borrowed from 138 Squadron (another SOE Sqdn) for Operation Percy 3, course being established for France. Crashed Rochechouart in the department of Haute Vienne. (not sure where that is in relation to Chabanais/Limoges as stated in your earlier posts as where parts of the a/c were found).</P>
<P>Crew and fate as follows:</P>
<P>F/O A S Coldridge RCAF - evaded
Sgt E Jones - evaded
F/O D A Lennie RCAF - evaded
F/O R C Evans RCAF - evaded
F/O H D Medland RCAF - evaded
Sgt H Blackett - evaded
Sgt R Clark - POW</P>
<P>If you think this is the correct a/c then you could visit the PRO (oops, National Archives) at Kew, London and look for the escape and evasion reports for the evaders and there should also be a document (forget the name but a POW report or something like that) with regard to Sgt Clark.</P>
<P>Will also ask my 161 Sqdn guru if he has any further info on this loss or the crew.</P>
Hi DwightThanks for the suggestion Linzee, I will do that.
This seems to be a very experienced and technical group, so I have some further questions.
Is there any way of finding out which engines were installed on MA-W, LL183, and where they were manufactured?
I understand the types used at that time were Bristol Hercules, Rolls-Royce built Merlins, and Packard Merlins. What were the differences in power between the engines? On paper? In practice?
MA-W crashed because it was unable to maintain altitude after two of its engines failed. Would a different type have possibly kept it in the air?