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    Thanks once again, Gentlemen.

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    Hello

    A quick bump for this thread. Derek Hylton Maling's daughter was on the Antiques Roadshow yesterday with several items which may be of interest.

    It's on iPlayer here from 36' 30" onwards: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episod...den-of-wales-2

    Includes a document with crew list, aircraft serial LP130, but has the code letter as 'B'.

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    Simon
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    Simon,

    Could you give us unfortunate "Colonials" the benefit of a description of the so-called document. The "BEEB", in their wisdom, won't allow us plebs a glimpse at said program - they claim, 'Rights Issues" - Fair enough.

    1/. Is the document type-written?
    2/. Is it "Official"?
    3/. Any clues as to its origins?

    The following should be noted:

    LN873 "B"/ 70 Sqn. appears in the ORB (F.541) as such, on 26/27.6.44 (p.19 of 23), and again on 29/30.6.44 (p.22 of 23). LP130 "D" (Custance), as such, in the ORB (F.541), 25/26.6.44 (p.18 of 23) and 28/29.6.44 (p.20 of 23). Find it hard to believe there were two ""D"'s on 70 Sqn at the same time.

    Geoff Custance was a very lucky man, as the following story indicates:

    http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article43213644

    This incident occurred on 25/26.6.44. No.70 Sqn was detailed to attack the Shell Koolaz Oil Refinery on Czepel Island at Bucharest. W/O Custance (flying Wellington X LP130 "D"), collided with another Wellington after leaving the target area. Custance's Wellington lost 6-7 feet of its port wing, despite this, he was able, with the aid of the 2nd pilot, to bring his aircraft safely back to base (Foggia No.2/Tortorella). See: 70 Sqn ORB (F.540), p.13 of 15.

    Thanks,

    Col.
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    Col

    There are a couple of photos of Maling - a 'portrait' shot of him in uniform taken by a photographer in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and an outside view of him fully kitted up in flight gear. Next up is a letter from the Caterpillar Club dated January 23rd 1945 to his home address in Hexham, Northumbeland. The next item is a travel document in Yugoslavian given to him by the Partisans, dated July 10th 1944.

    The next item is a close-up of a type written document, with just the first page showing, which has the following showing (the ... bits are off-screen):

    Report on the Escape of Flying Officer...
    (70 Squadron, RAF) from Yugoslavia, July ...

    Aircraft letter "B"
    Aircraft Number L.P. 130
    Aircraft Type Wellington X

    CREW
    PILOT Aus. 416938 W/O Custance J. G. RAAF
    CAPT/NAV 141987 F/O Maling D. H. RAFVR
    AIR BOMBER R.160554 W/O Carruthers H. RCAF
    W/OP 1339299 Sgt. Hunt M. C. RAF
    REAR GUNNER 1582756 Sgt. Hackett B. J. N. RAF

    REFERENCES:

    ...ce names etc from:
    ...00000 Europe Topographical S...
    ...14 "FIUME"


    There is a period map which shows where he landed in modern-day Slovenia (just north of Dobovec), and the journey he made to a supply-drop airstrip at Vocin, where he was picked up.

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 5th May 2020 at 12:20. Reason: corrected Hackett's service number

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    Simon,

    Thanks for that!

    I have no problems with most of what is on the sheet, but the facts are; W/O G. J. Custance RAAF was known to have been piloting Wellington X LP130 "D'' on 7th July, 1944. Three independent sources attest to that fact (possibly all derived from the one source, ie, the 70 Sqn ORB).

    Col.

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    Maling's daughter in Klanjec, Croatia, last summer (from https://www.zagorje-international.hr...ricu-svog-oca/)

    F/O Maling said: "The aircraft was set on fire in the port wing and petrol tank. A few seconds after putting on my chute, the aircraft went into a spin and I became unconscious. I remember nothing but am of the opinion that the aircraft exploded in the air."

    It seems that Wellington LP130/D after that flew some 20 km more.

    Croatian wartime report: "Noću 6/7. VII srušio se 1 neprijateljski zrakoplov kod Pregrade kraj Krapine, 4 člana posade su poginula, a 1 ranjeni prebjegao partizanima." meaning "On the night of July 6/7, 1 enemy plane crashed near Pregrada near Krapina, 4 crew members were killed, and 1 wounded fled to the partisans."

    Germans reported that Wellington crashed in the village Gorkovec, approx 2 km south of Klanjec.

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    Great photo Zoran, thanks for posting.

    regards

    Simon

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    Zoran/Phil,

    Much appreciate your contributions. Crash-site information, particularly interesting. Likewise BBC/Antiques Roadshow reference.

    Thanks Chaps.

    Col.

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