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 Vengeance III  FD105



c/n:31135 Mk.III SOC Mar 28 1946 More information in: Joe Baugher's USAAF Military Serials

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  26 Jun 44 Aircraft Name  Vengeance III Serial Number  FD105
Unit  84 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Mambur Country  Burma
Aircrew details Plt Offr B FINNIE(J19791)
Fg Offr John Frederick ELLIS*(136727)
Details An unfortunate occurance in one ac when over the target resulted in F/O Ellis baling out but coming down in enemy occupied terriotry approximately 3 m E of TAMU. Ac U piloted by Plt Offr B Finnie with Ellis as WOP/Air was flying over target area in echelon and about attack when the cockpit was filled with white grey smoke. Suspecting ac to be on ffire, pilot told gunner to prepare to bale out receiving the reply - ready when you are. Finnie then pulled out of formation and set course for base looking round at that momentw was suprised to see Ellis out of his seat and about to leave the aircraft in the approved manner. He attempted to stop ellis going but was unable to attrack the gunners attention as the intercome was disconnected. the parachute was later sene by others in fomration to open and Ellis came down 3 m east of tamu with a fair cover of trees. F/O S J Prentice and F?O R F Poole flew at 1000 fet above deck oer the spot that ellis came down and saw his chute draped on the tree but no sign of the gunner. The smoke in the vengeance meanwhile disspiated and Finnie landed back at base, ditching the bombs .
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John Frederick Ellis, No.84 SquadronHello, The aircraft involved in the above incident was Vengeance III FD105 'U'. An account can be found here: The Air Battle of Imphal Franks,Norman London:William Kimber,1985. pp.180-1 & 216. Franks mentions (p.181); 'Ellis was presumed to be in Japanese hands, but nothing was heard of him and later his death was officially presumed.' Finnie was involved in a similar incident on 6/4/1944 (Vengeance II AN828), with AUS407150 F/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Ronald Eric GABRIELSON RAAF. On that occasion, his Wop/Ag returned on foot six days later. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 4th April 2014 07:56:48


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