Date: 1943 Jun 11/12 A/C Type: Wellington X SN: HE-729 Code: QO-U A/C Nickname:
 File: 671 Airforce: RAF Sqn/Unit:  432 Sqn Mission/Raid: Düsseldorf
1 Pilot F/Lt. Laurie A. Bourgeois          RCAF, MIA 9    
2 CP/Obs F/O George A. McClintock       RCAF, MIA 10    
3 Fl Eng/AG F/Sgt. Daniel S. McRae             RCAF, MIA 11    
4 WO/AG P/O Harry D. Warner                RCAF, MIA 12    
5 Rear gunner Sgt. James A.M. Philpott          RCAF, MIA 13    
6     14    
7     15    
8     16                    

This aircraft was never found back. Lost without trace. German nightfighter pilot Major Kurt Holler (1./NJG1) reported this night to have shot down a Wellington west of Urk at 02:55h. This is over Lake IJsselmeer.  


It is very uncommon that aircraft crash in the shallow Lake IJsselmeer (Old Zuyder Sea) without leaving any trace of aircraft and/or its five men crew.
We estimate chance this aircraft went down over the North Sea 70% and over Lake IJsselmeer 30%. Because of the accurate German claim, we position this aircraft in the Lake, area Val van Urk.


- Theo Boite
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