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    Default Wellington P9245 149 Sqn lost 8/9 September 1940

    Hi guys

    I have a note that P9245 collided with a barrage balloon cable, but another source indicates that it was struck by lightning.

    Can anyone confirm either way, please?

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    Brian

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    Hi Brian

    The 149 Sqdn history ("Strong by Night") records it thus:

    "Wellington P9245 'OJ-W', piloted by Squadron Leader L. V. Andrews was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Boulogne. Then, to compound the problems, they were caught in a severe electrical storm coupled with turbulence, which iced up the aircraft including the windscreen. Then the port engine failed and caught fire. The compass was out but they could see the coast of England for a short while by the searchlights, but they were soon turned off. Then the starboard engine failed. Flying parallel to and several miles away from the English coast, the crew baled out. In full flying gear minus flying boots, the second pilot Flying Officer Parish, swam for several hours, using the North Star and the searchlights to guide him, until he made the seven miles to the English coast. He was the only survivor and he was soon back on Duty; within two-and-a-half weeks he was on a raid to Berlin but sadly, was lost on operations two-and-a-half years later, as a bomber pilot. It was his 54th mission.”

    Dave
    Last edited by Dave_Richardson; 26th March 2011 at 20:43. Reason: typo

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    Brian / Dave

    As an aside to the initial post, I have had a look at Bill Chorley’s Bomber Command War Losses 1943 and I believe F/O Parish mentioned here was F/Lt. Charles Parish who lost his life on a raid to Stettin on 20/21 April 1943 while serving with 7 Squadron. Possibly Tom Docherty, who wrote the highly recommended book No.7 Bomber Squadron RAF in World War 11 can shed more light on F/Lt. Parish.

    Douglas

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