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Wellington R1330

Wellington R1330
Author: Dennis_Burke
Time Stamp:
20:51:55 Thursday, December 30, 2004
Hello again,

I am looking up an Irish RAF crew member, FS (Obs) Eugene M Mulligan who was killed during the war. He was from a village not very far from where I grew up in Sligo, Ireland.

My father mentioned his name this Christmas as being familiar to him as a local fatality.

Looking at the CWGC website I indeed turned up the information below:

A further search on Bob Baxters site indicates to me that the aircraft in question from 40 Sqn may be Wellington R1330.

I have just scrolled thru all entries in the Hamburg cemetry for that date but I find no other 11/05/1941 crewmen. There is a 214 Sqn loss for the 12/05/1941.

Does anyone know any further details of this loss of R1330 and its crew fates?

Should keep this till the New year but very interested as the gentleman was a local.

Thank you for any replies,

Dennis Burke


Initials: E M

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Flight Sergeant (Obs.)

Regiment: Royal Air Force

Unit Text: 40 Sqdn.

Age: 21

Date of Death: 11/05/1941

Service No: 581112

Additional information: Son of Patrick and Jennie Mulligan, of Aclare, Co. Sligo, Irish Republic.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: 6A. C. 3.


RE: Wellington R1330
Author: Ross_McNeill
Time Stamp:
21:29:46 Thursday, December 30, 2004

I had this as R1461

Sgt F T Luscombe

Sgt D Chappell

Sgt E M Mulligan

Sgt J A Harris

Sgt J E Hodges

Sgt J D Long RNZAF

Lost into the North Sea.



RE: Wellington R1330
Author: John Williams (Guest)
Time Stamp:
21:49:43 Thursday, December 30, 2004
Hi Dennis,

According to Bill Chorley's book on Bomber command Losses 1941 Sgt E M Mulligan was lost in Wellington R1461 which crashed in the sea on a raid on Hamburg. Here is the crew.

Sgt F T Luscombe.

Sgt D Chappell.

Sgt E M Mulligan.

Sgt J A Harris.

Sgt J E Hodgers.

Sgt J D C Long. RNZAF.

Sgt Chappell is buried in Sage War Cemetery, Sgt Mulligan in Hamburg War Cemetery, Sgt Hodges in Becklingen War Cemetery. The others are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.

The crew of R1330 are buried in Kiel Cemetery except one who was a pow.

I hope this is of some help. Have a great New Year.

Greetings from Australia.


RE: Wellington R1330
Author: (Guest)
Time Stamp:
00:41:48 Friday, December 31, 2004

The following is an excerpt from my trilogy 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915' (Volume One: Fates 1915-1942) and accounts for the fates of both R1330 and R1461.

Sun 11/Mon 12 May 1941

Bomber Command

Raid on Hamburg, Germany (by 92 aircraft - 3 lost)

40 Squadron, RAF (Alconbury, Huntingdonshire - 3 Group)

Wellington IC R1330/H - took off at 2225 and shot down over Germany by a night-fighter, crashing at 0140 near S%FCderstapel, 19km NNW of Heide. An injured RAF Flt Sgt survived to be taken prisoner, but his five comrades died and are buried at Kiel.

Captain: NZ39923 Sgt Roderick William FINLAYSON, RNZAF - Age 24. 432hrs. 27th op.

40 Squadron, RAF (Alconbury, Huntingdonshire - 3 Group)

Wellington IC R1461/Z - took off at 2230 captained by Sgt F T Luscombe, RAF, on same raid as the above. Shot down into the North Sea at 0245, the bodies of three crew members later washed ashore onto the German coast. The other three, including the rear gunner, were lost without trace and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Rear Gunner: NZ40623 Sgt John David Campbell LONG, RNZAF - Age 21. 70hrs.

The crews are recorded as follows in David Gunby's splendid 40 Sqn history 'Sweeping the Skies':


Sgt R E Finlayson, RNZAF %7Binitials should read R W%7D

Sgt J B Murray

Sgt D Fletcher

Sgt H C Tuckwell

Flt Sgt J Shaw PoW/wounded

Sgt P N Beckett


Sgt F T Luscombe

Sgt D Chappell

Flt Sgt E M Mulligan

Sgt J E Hodges

Sgt J A Harris

Sgt J D C Long, RNZAF


RE: Wellington R1330
Author: Dennis_Burke
Time Stamp:
08:41:34 Friday, April 1, 2005
Hello Everyone,

thanks for your assistance, I had made assumptions on it being R1330 from the date only. Thanks for putting me right.

I showed what I had found to my father. He apparetnly served mass on a few occasions with the deceased. I do not believe that they were friends as such.

I understand from my fahter that Mr. Mulligan's father had been a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) in the local area and hence was not 'flavour of the month' in rural western Ireland in the 1940's. It was heard that his father said he "owed his son to England".

By a co-incidence, a sister of Mr. Mulligan may have lived near Bawnboy in Cavan where Beaufighter JL710 crashed in March 1943 but I need to check up on that.

Thanks again for the as ever excellent information.

with thanks and Happy New Year,


RE: Wellington R1330
Author: David Gunby (Guest)
Time Stamp:
07:26:18 Wednesday, June 1, 2005
Further to what Errol and others wrote, R1330 was probably shot down by Oberleutnant Lent of 4/NJG1.

This information came to hand well after I published Sweeping the Skies.