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Conclusion

                                                                                                     

William Schrader's Wartime Log is clearly a comprehensive account of that fateful flight of 27/28 May 1943. Written so soon afterwards there can be no doubt that it is an accurate record of  the events leading up to and surrounding the loss of Lancaster ED804 AR-Z and subsequent deaths of the pilot and three crew members. 

It is therefore surprising to note that in relation to Lancaster ED804 AR-Z, 460 Squadron Operations Record Book states that ' This aircraft left base at the appointed time but since then nothing has been heard of either aircraft or crew'.  The Circumstantial Report letter of 29 May 1943 (file copy) from 460 Squadron at RAF Binbrook to Number 1 Group H.Q. and Air Ministry also states 'The aircraft left base at the appointed time and since then nothing has been heard of either the aircraft or the crew'.

Images of both documents appear below.


     


The page from 460 (RAAF) Squadron Operations Record Book  showing the record of  Lancaster ED804  for the raid on Essen 27 May 1943   - Courtesy National Archives of Australia                            

                 

                           

                                                    

                                         The Circumstantial Report Letter of 29 May 1943 - Courtesy National Archives of Australia



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