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Old 10th May 2015, 20:54
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Wellington combat 1/2 August 1940

Hi guys

According to 'The Other Few', a Wellington crew claimed to have shot down an enemy aircraft over The Hague on the night of 1/2 August 1940.

Can anyone identify the Wellington and its crew - and further details of the claim?

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Old 12th May 2015, 11:05
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Re: Wellington combat 1/2 August 1940

Hi Brian,

According to the appendices of 3 Group ORB it concerned a Wellington of 99 Squadron captained by Sgt Swatton. A twin engined a/c with twin rudders was shot down in flames by the rear gunner 4 miles North of The Hague.

The squadron ORB doesn't mention above incident, only that Sgt Watton was flying Wellington L7802.

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Old 12th May 2015, 14:19
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Re: Wellington combat 1/2 August 1940

Many thanks, Hans

The pilot was Sgt Frank Swatton, who sadly FTR on 25 November 1940.

I note that a Do17Z of 5./NJG1 crash-landed at Schipol during an operational sortie, 45% damaged but no crew casualties (re TBoBT&N).

I wonder if this was the Wellington's victim?

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Old 12th May 2015, 14:58
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Re: Wellington combat 1/2 August 1940

Hi Brian,

The KTB Schiphol lists this crash landing at 3 August 1940. The GQM file however at 2 August 1940.

Not sure whether this crash landing definitely can be tied up with the claim.

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Old 12th May 2015, 19:38
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Re: Wellington combat 1/2 August 1940

Hi Hans,

Was the name of Sgt Swatton's rear gunner included in the ORB?

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Peter
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Old 12th May 2015, 19:47
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Re: Wellington combat 1/2 August 1940

Hi Peter,

Sgt Wynn was listed as rear gunner.

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Old 12th May 2015, 20:46
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Re: Wellington combat 1/2 August 1940

Thanks Hans,

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