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F/O Anthony J. Palanek , KIA
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Dear friends,

I´m seeking any info about this air bomber of 419 sq, F/O Anthony J. Palanek, who was killed in action 21.3.1945 during mission to Hemmingstedt, Germany in F/O R.W. Millar´s crew, all from crew were killed exception of F/Sgt J. Aitken were killed.

Crew was:
F/O Millar, F/O Palanek, F/Lt Rubin, F/Sgt Croucher, F/Sgt Aitken, F/Sgt Elliot, Sgt Booth (RAF)

Any info about F/O Palanek and his crew and their last mission is helpful for me.

with best regards
Munro

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I can get you dates of when the crew posted in plus the ops they flew and in what aircraft. Would that be of any help?

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Hi Matt,

yes, it will be fantastic help for me.

thank you very much in advance

with best wishes

Munro

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Hello,

Follow the link:

http://collections.civilisations.ca/warclip/pages/warclip/ResultsList.php

Regards,

Alexander

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Here is the ORB entry for F/O Palanek and crew on the night they were lost...

Time Up: 01:51
Target Heide: with 1x4000lb HE NI trit, 6x500lb USA GP, 4 x 500lb MC TD.025, 6x250lb GP TI, 0x8 WG44 Nickels.

This aircraft failed to to return form this operation. The names of the missing crew are as follows:

P - F/O R.W.Millar (J27560) with 35 sorties, 123 points, 207.25 operational hrs
N - F/) H.B Rubin (J16411) - this was his first op of his second tour
A/B - F/O A.J. Palanek (J35525) with 17 sorties and 63 points, 104 hours
W/Op - F/S C. Elliott (R154980)with 18 sorties, 70 points, 122.5 hours
FE - Sgt S.D. Booth (3031200)- 17 sorties, 66 points, 116.05 hours
MU/AG - F/S J. W.Aitken (R214118)25 sorties, 95 points, 157.15 hours
R/G - F/O L.C Croucher (J41283) 7 sorties, 28 points and 47.35 hours

Stay tuned, more info to come...

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Hi Matt,

thank you very, very much for info about Palanek´s last operation.
Question to you, in the crew list you mentioned some points with different numbers to each member of crew, what does it mean?
Could you explain it?

with best wishes

Munro

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Munro wrote:

Hi Matt,

thank you very, very much for info about Palanek´s last operation.
Question to you, in the crew list you mentioned some points with different numbers to each member of crew, what does it mean?
Could you explain it?

with best wishes

Munro



Sure, no problem.

Initially Bomber Command screened crews from operations after they completed a certain number of operations (usually 30) but when the second front opened up and alot of bombing raid were being conducted on targets in France to assist the invasion, it was switched to a points system.

I not 100% on this but I believe that targets in Germany were worth three points and targets in France worth two or something to that effect. Once you reached a certain amount fo points you were screened from flying.

Would you like a listing of all of Palanek's operational flights?



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Hallo Matt,

thanks for explanation of Bomber Command point system.
It´ll be very helpful if you could help me with F/O Palanek´s list of operations.


hoping hear from you soon

best wishes and happy landings

Munro

PS: Could you contact me off board, via e-mail?

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Sure thing Munro, I'll should be able to get the list together tonight, I 'll send you an email then as well.

matt

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Palanek,Valastin & Puskas were all of Czechoslovakian origin.

Death registration certificate for Anthony Joseph Palanek, air bomber
address-204 Elinor St.,Riverside,Ontario
Naturalized Canadian
Racial origin-Czecho-Slovakian
He was married
Born in Czechoslovakia
D.O.B.- June 13th 1920
aged 24
Three years in airforce
Wife-Ludmila,father-John,Mother-Marie(Riby)
Date registered on 24th nov 1945

At top of certificate it states that"Declaration on file re change of name from Antonin Palanek to Anthony Joseph) Palanek

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Hello Monroe

I cannot help you much on F/O Palanek, but I can tell you that a book is coming out this summer on the history of Middleton St. George where #419 Squadron was based.  The title is "Into the Night Sky" by Paul Tweedle, and Amazon is delivering my copy about August 8th.

I was an Air Bomber on #419 Squadron but well before Palanek,  and back in Canada preparing to go to the Far East.

John

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Dear John,

thank you very much for your info about this book. It sounds very interesting for me.
Are you in the touch with other 419 squadron mates or their relatives, from the late period, who could knows Palanek and his crew?

with best wishes

Munro

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Hi Munro,

Another bit of info fromt he 419 sqn ORB states for March 21st that "6 aircraft participated in a sea search in the  afternoon with the anticipation of locating F/O Millar and crew, with no success"

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Munro,

It gets more interesting yet.

F/O Palanek only flew 4 operations with F/O Millar. Palanek originally posted in with the Cox crew from 1659 HCU on August 8, 1944 (see attached image for crew names). The first op they flew together was on September 19, 1944 to Domburg.

For some reason in early March some members from the Cox crew and some from the Millar crew merged. The first op they flew together was on March 2, 1945.

It seems 419 sqn was rotating its crews fairly heavily during this period, some crews were only flying 2 ops a month, I'm not sure why, perhaps more aircrew than aircraft?

More info to come....

PS - you can contact me off-board at mblacroix@<nospam>cogeco.ca (remove the <nospam>

Matt

-- Edited by matt at 16:07, 2007-06-26

-- Edited by matt at 16:08, 2007-06-26

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I have never met any members of #419 from the later stages of the war.

John

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Hello Munro,

I am going to be able to help you with some information about  F/O Palanek. F/S Elliot was a cousin of mine. I have visited their gravesite in Hamburg and was able to locate the widow of Croucher (she lives in BC) through her I was able to find out what happened as she visited with Aitken after he was repatriated. Please get in touch with me at your convenience. Are you a family member? Looking forward to hearing from you.

Email thenavywhale@hotmail.com



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Hi Munro,

I managed to get username to confirm my legitimacy, I just posted the anonymous message about being a relative of Alvin Elliott. This is one of the last picture's of Alvin with my Aunt Annie before he left for overseas.



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thank you very much for info Peter, anythig about Palanek and his will big help for my research

Munro

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Hello I am currently preparing a webpage for Frank Dennis who flew with Tony. email me at 419squadronwwii@hotmail.ca

Dan



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