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    Hello,

    Seeking serial of No.172 Squadron Wellington VIII, which was attacked by two Ar 196s on 15-7-1942. The Wellington crash-landed at Portreath at 0835.

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    Col.

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    Col,
    HX396, WN-J.
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    Hi Alan,

    Thanks for the speedy reply. Yes it was a/c. "J". I have a few more details, but would like more, particularly on the crew:

    - ? - P/O (Pilot) ? DIXON
    118451 P/O (Pilot) Ellson James LAMBARTH RAFVR +
    995670 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) R J CONNON - Died of Wounds 22-7-1942.
    920443 Sgt ( - ? - ) Richard James GERRETT RAFVR ( + P/O [145174] 172 Sqn. 8-9-1943)
    Pass: ( - ? - ) F/Lt SANDER (Station I.O., Chivenor?)

    Apparently, all were wounded, two fatally.

    See:
    Live To Look Again:Memoirs of a Canadian Pilot with the RAF during WW II.
    Fraser,Donald A.
    Belleville:Mika,1984.
    p.141

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 6th April 2011 at 11:13.

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    Col,
    Following info on this aircraft obtained from Ross; rcvd long time ago and may have been updated meanwhile:
    Wellington VIII - 172 Sqn - HX396 - "J" - Op: Special A/S Patrol - base Chivenor - t/o 21.45 hrs.
    Crew:
    P/O D.E. DIXON - wounded
    P/O E.J. LAMBARTH - 118451 - wounded
    Sgt R.J. GERRETT - wounded
    F/Sgt A.S. CARTWRIGHT - safe
    Sgt J. MULLINS - safe
    F/Sgt R.J. CONNON - 995670
    F/L F.M.R.F. SANDER - wounded.
    Damaged by AR196s at 06.45 hrs 100 miles off Scillies. The Wellington suffered u/c damage, petrol shortage and was crashlanded at Portreath, Cornwall, slewing off the runway and hitting an air raid shelter at 08.35 hrs. P/O Lambarth died later that day from his injuries and was buried in Edmonton Cemetery, Middlesex. Four days later Sgt Connon died and now rests in Blairdaff Churchyard, Aberdeenshire. F/L Sander was the Station Intelligence Officer.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Thanks for the additional names (Cartwright and Mullins), and initials of others. I already had a description of the events of 15-7-1942, from the quoted reference.

    Amended crew listing:

    63458 P/O (Pilot) Douglas Eldon DIXON RAFVR
    118451 P/O (Pilot) Ellson James LAMBARTH RAFVR
    920443 Sgt (Nav.) Richard James GERRETT RAFVR
    - ? - F/Sgt ( - ? - ) A S CARTWRIGHT
    - ? - Sgt ( - ? - ) J MULLINS
    995670 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) R J CONNON* RAFVR
    88922 F/Lt Frederick Mark Roger Fearnley SANDER RAFVR

    *No christian names quoted for Connon on CWGC, appears to be a Scot.

    One of the Ar196s was reportedly damaged/shot down. Might chase it up over at that other place!

    Col.
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    Hello,
    Some information that may be of interest Sgt Jack Mullins (WoP/A/G) was in Wellington VIII HX482 shot down by the USS Gulf of Mexico in Swansea Bay killing the crew on the 19.08.1942.

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    Rol

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