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Wellington Ic  R1503 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Wellington Ic  R1503

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  13 Aug 41 Aircraft Name  Wellington Ic Serial Number  R1503
Unit  99 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  UK
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/8286Sergeant C H Harding, Sergeant F A Brodribb, Sergeant W J Gawne: injured; Pilot Officer G J Eccles, Sergeant Boxall, Sergeant H Dacosts: uninjured; aircraft crashed on take off for operational flight, Wellington R1503, 99 Squadron, 12 August 1941. With photographs and identity discs.C16757583

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Wellington R1503 crash August 12th 1941 after take offChris, Hi, If we take the crash location (2 (statute?) miles ENE of the airfield – i.e. on a bearing of 067 degrees) as accurate then it must be somewhere close to one of the farms along Long Drove (running from the east side of Waterbeach village NE towards Upware). There aren’t many trees in that part of the world – did a posting there in the early 50’s!! Looking at the Met charts it would seem that R1503 should have taken off either on 227 (at 2000 yds a good, long, r/way for a heavily loaded Wellington), or on 279 (only 1400 yds!). Try the Waterbeach Parish Council to see if they know where, exactly, R1503 impacted. Try Cambridge Museum/Historical Society. The Police records may have something. And then see if any of the Metal Detectorist clubs in the area have ‘done’ the ground! HTH Peter Davies ....Read More.Resmoroh on 15th July 2014 08:22:13
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