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ALBERT McDONALD SMITH DARGIE

ALBERT McDONALD SMITH DARGIE
Author: TOM STONE (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:14:31 Tuesday, April 4, 2006
Post:
HE WAS KILLED ON THE 31.07.41. SERVING WITH 38 WELLINGTON SQDUADRON.

DOES ANYBODY KNOW THE SERIAL NUMBER OF THE WELLINGTON.

WHERE AND HOW IT WAS LOST AND NAMES OF THE CREW MEMBERS.

THANKS IN ANTICIPATION. TS


RE: ALBERT McDONALD SMITH DARGIE
Author: errol.martyn@xtra.co.nz (Guest)
Time Stamp:
04:53:17 Thursday, May 4, 2006
Post:
Tom,

From an early draft of the forthcoming first volume of 'RAF Middle East Bomber Losses, 1939-1942:

13/14 Jul 41 (note date)

38 Sqn, Wellington Ic, N2756/U

Tobruk

Failed to return. Crews reported burning oil on water outside Benghazi Harbour. The crew is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

Sgt CLOWRY, Felix Ffrench, 402110, RAAF

Sgt CASHMAN, Simon Michael, 581498, RAF

Flt Sgt DARGIE, Albert McDonald Smith, 966123, RAFVR

Flt Sgt GROCOTT, Daniel, 749432, RAFVR

Flt Sgt WILKINS, John Philip, 758168, RAFVR

Sgt YOUNG, William, 654691, RAF

Errol


RE: ALBERT McDONALD SMITH DARGIE
Author: Peter Davies (Guest)
Time Stamp:
19:04:28 Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Post:
The only problem I have with this post that the Wellington is supposed to have taken off from Tobruk. Having done two tours of duty (post-WW2) at Tobruk/El Adem the only strip near Tobruk in WW2 was barely long enough for Spitfires to take-off.

I don't know what the take-off runs of Spitfires and (fully loaded) Wellingtons were, but I suspect that if a Wellington tried to take off from Tobruk then the pilot would have had both feet on the instrument panel, pulling back hard on the control column, and the Wellington would not have actually taken off. The curvature of the earth would have meant that the ground fell away from beneath them! Just a thought!

Yrs Aye

Peter



RE: ALBERT McDONALD SMITH DARGIE
Author: errol.martyn@xtra.co.nz (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:51:02 Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Post:
Peter,

Sorry, should have made clear that Tobruk was the target, not the take off point.

Errol


RE: ALBERT McDONALD SMITH DARGIE
Author: TOM STONE (Guest)
Time Stamp:
15:26:40 Tuesday, July 4, 2006
Post:
Hi. Errol many thanks for the information and the date correction. Regards Tom.