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    Stirling Bomber to be Raised From Dutch Lake

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    Re: Stirling Bomber to be Raised From Dutch Lake

    Checking my records (Bomber Command Losses volume 4 1943 - Bill Chorley) Stirling 111 BK716 'J' No.218 Squadron failed to return from operations to Berlin 29/30 March 1943. All the crew of five British and two Canadians were lost without trace. This is the missing Stirling, thought to have been lost in the North Sea that has been discovered in the lake in the Netherlands. Total RAF Bomber Command losses on this night were 21 aircraft. Three Stirlings which included BK702, also from No.218 failed to return. Again five Britains and two Canadians were lost. The inferior Stirling was still being used on distant targets like Berlin at this stage of the bomber offensive, despite suffering heavy losses. A stark reminder to us all of the horrendous cost payed by our airmen. Never forget.
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