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Old 15th June 2018, 08:33
MW Giles MW Giles is offline
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Re: History of Wellington L4325?

Coming at it from another direction, because I cannot adequately make out the code in the photo either

L4295 is the only Wellington Mk I in my lists that started on 38 Sqn and went then to 115 Sqn.

There are a couple that went the other way but not 38 to 115

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Old 15th June 2018, 08:44
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Re: History of Wellington L4325?

Wiki has
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........ In 1937 the squadron moved to RAF Marham and in December 1938 received the first of the new Vickers Wellington bombers. It was declared operational on the outbreak of war as a bomber squadron under No. 3 Group. 38 Squadron was one of the few RAF squadrons to use the Wellington from the beginning to the end of the Second World War........
which fits with the NH Code being pre War and the taking of photos before any wartime restrictions. Being an early delivery gives Jan to Sept 1939 as the window for the photo to have been taken.
From Post #4 from Martin, it's unlikely to be L4325 as he has that airframe as first being taken on charge by 115 Squadron after delivery in May 1939.

What you need is an L4xx5 being TOC by 38 Squadron, presumably later than May 1939 if '25 was delivered then.

Not much help, though!

EDIT: Mr Giles has beaten my fumbling conclusion!
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Old 15th June 2018, 09:16
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Re: History of Wellington L4325?

Thank you gentlemen for your interesting replies! In which period did L4295 serve with 38 Squadron, and what was the ultimate fate of the aircraft?

Cheers, Theo
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Old 15th June 2018, 09:22
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Re: History of Wellington L4325?

It joined 38 Sqn after manufacture and moved to 115 Sqn on 23.04.39.
It became an instructional airframe (2774M) on 23.10.41


Those are the dates I have, need to get the movement card

38 Sqn got its first Wellington (L4230) on 24.11.38, so L4295 arrived after that and departed in April 39

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Old 15th June 2018, 12:02
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Re: History of Wellington L4325?

Theo

Any idea where the Photo came from ??

L4325 Force Landed at Thetford, Norfolk August 8, 1939 with 38 Sqn

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Old 15th June 2018, 15:33
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Re: History of Wellington L4325?

Thanks for these details Martin and Paul -the photo stems from a private collection and will be published in an early vol of the NCA series with Wing Leader.

Cheers, Theo
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Old 15th June 2018, 19:59
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Re: History of Wellington L4325?

Theo

I can understand you not wanting to publish Ower details but

Is the collection form a UK or European source ?

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