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Old 7th January 2019, 20:55
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Wellington Identification Needed

Hi,

On August 11/12th 1941 a Wellington of No.218 Squadron crashed / crash landed at Martlesham after being badly damaged by flak.

Trying to establish the SN of the aircraft and the crash location.

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Re: Wellington Identification Needed

Hello Steve,
Any fatalities known ?

Two 218 Sqn a/c on 3/4-8-41 and Two 218 Sqn a/c on the 14/15-8-41.
BCL 1941 by Bill Chorley has iirc 218 loosing 36 a/c in 1941.
But no mention of 11/12-8-41 loss.

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Re: Wellington Identification Needed

Hi Alex,

No fatalities, the ORB records an incorrect serial and given the degree of reported damaged it would have needed extensive repair. BUT, I cannot find a Wellington that matches the date. The Marham Station Records sadly gives no clue.

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Old 8th January 2019, 19:58
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Re: Wellington Identification Needed

Hello Steve,
Have checked Chorley BCL1941 and AB serial series L,N,P,R,T,W,X and Z.
Came up with the following.
But I favour L4234 that became 2721M from 5th October, 1941.

Chorley BCL 1941 has the following,
Wellington Is - 1 not operational.
P9207 - 15-1-41
Wellington II - 2 On Ops, 1 non Ops.
W5448 - 18-5-41
W5449 - 8-9-41
W5457 - 18/19-8-41
Wellington Ic - 32 on Ops, 1 non Ops.
L7798 - 22/23-4-41
N2844 - 18/19-8-41
R1008 - 14/15-8-41
R1009 - 25/26-2-41
R1135 - 15/16-11-41
R1210 - 11/12-2-41
R1326 - 12/13-3-41
R1339 - 20/21-6-41.
R1368 - 22/23-4-41
R1442 - 10/11-4-41
R1507 - 26-4-41
R1511 - 10/11-10-41
R1536 - 15/16-7-41
R1713 - 20/21-6-41
R1726 - 24-7-41
R3153 - 16-9-41
T2806 - 29/30-6-41
T2885 - 11/12-2-41
T2958 - 24/25-4-41
W5727 - 11/12-12-41
X9670 - 12/13-9-41
X9677 - 10/11-10-41
X9747 - 3/4-8-41
X9753 - 14/15-8-41
X9785 - 16/17-12-41
X9810 - 2/3-9-41
X9833 - 29-10-41
Z1069 - 7/8-11-41
Z1103 - 26/27-11-41
Z8781 - 3/4-8-41
Z8853 - 15/16-11-41
Z8865 - 14/15-10-41
Z8910 - 12/13-10-41
Z8957 - 16/17-41


OTHER Wellingtons listed as serving in 218 Sqn were
L4293
L7797
N2937
P9291
P9296
P9299
R1025
R1183
R1328
R1346
R1400
R1401
R1436
R1448
R1496
R1497
R1594
R1596
R1597
R1601
R1719
T2739
T2801
T2887
W5400
W5434
W5445
W5447
W5526
X3217
X9663
X9672
X9674
X9678
X9679
X9745
X9751
X9755
X9757
X9787
X9788
Z8375
Z8379
X9871
X9875
Z1070
Z1101
Z8375
Z8399
Z8431
Z8437
Z8894
Z8965
Z8970
Z8982


Enjoy
Alex
[ adjustment/additions made, thanks Col

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Re: Wellington Identification Needed

Hello,

L3234 was a cancelled Avro-built Hart Trainer. Should read L4234.

Wellington I
P9207 - Duplicated Wellington Ic.

Wellington II
W5449 - Should read 7/8-9-41, not 7-8-41. Plus duplicated.

Wellington Ic
L7798 - Should read 22/23-4-41, not 22/23-6-41.
P9207 - Duplicated Wellington I.
W5449 - Duplicated Wellington II.

Other Wellingtons.
R1442 - Duplicated Ic.

Known 218 Sqn Wellingtons, not mentioned:
L7797
R1448
R1497
R1524 to 149 Sqn.
R1719
T2887
X3217
X9674
X9679
X9751
X9871
Z8375
Z8399
Z8431
Z8437
Z8894
Z8970

Above X-referenced with listing at:

3 Group Bomber Command An Operational Record
Ward,Chris and some bloke called Steve Smith - very common name!
Barnsley:Pen & Sword Aviation,2008
pp.286-8

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Re: Wellington Identification Needed

Hello,
Interesting note.
BCL War Diaries
Pages 190/191.
So early in the war the RAF were dropping supplies to civilians in Europe.
Hampden's of 50 Sqn dropped 500 bags [ not todays tea bags ] of tea from the Dutch East Indies during the Rotterdam raid.
Are any other events such as this known to have taken place in the early war years ?
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Hello,

Similar operation, this time on 31 August, 1941, and cigarettes:

http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...hich-flew-them

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Re: Wellington Identification Needed

Search for: sweets

and then for : Tea Bags

http://www.psywarrior.com/GiftsFromAbove.html
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Thanks Rolland,
Quite a history you give us.
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