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42-29685 or rather the crater left by 10 x 500lb GP bombs which exploded whilst being loaded on board '685. 19 KIA, 21 WIA, 3 other A/C* DBR, 6 further A/C damaged but repairable. 27 May 43, Alconbury. In the rear of the photo a Lorry stands with what little was left.

* 42-29706, 42-29833 and 42-29808.



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Date Contributor Update
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Date Contributor Update
15 December 2015 18:06:23 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations