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    Default 40 Squadron Wellington loss 10/11/1942

    Hello,

    Please could any member provide any information relating to a 40 squadron Wellington lost 10/11/1942? Unforunatley, I do not have the serial number to hand.

    Thanking you in advance.

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    From David Gunby & Pelham Temple -RAF Bomber Losses in the Middle East & Mediterranean . 1939-1942

    Wellington IC HX468 Z 40 Sqdn 10 Nov 1942 Op Tobruk

    "On take off from LG 222a, detailed to bomb Tobruk ,the aircraft failed to gain height ,crashed & caught fire .The dead are buried in Heliopolis War Cemetery "

    Crew --
    Sgt RG Workman +
    Flt/Sgt RA King +
    Flt/Sgt L Greenwood +
    Sgt CS McCormick +
    Sgt PP Armstrong +

    Sgt RTH Quinn--injured

    There is also a paragraph in David Gunby's book "Sweeping the Skies " P 211. Quinn was the rear gunner .
    To paraphrase --
    The ground was covered in loose sand & in a slight depression .W/Comm RE Ridgway refused to let further aircraft to take off after Workman's crash .He considered the ground unsuitable

    Anne
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    Hello,

    Please note. The injured airman in No.40 Sqn Wellington IC HX468, was:

    AUS400568 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Reginald Thomas Henry QUINN RAAF.

    Quinn was later awarded a French Croix de Guerre (Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 16 March 1950 p.607)

    Col.
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    Dear Anne and Col.
    Thank you very much for taking the time to repond. That certainly fills in a few gaps I had.

    Are there any existing photographs of 40 squadron Wellingtons?

    Thank you,
    TEC

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    TEC
    I have 4 Wellington books .Just quickly looking at Chaz Bowyer's The Wellington Bomber ISBN 0-7183-0619-8
    Page 180 there is a photo of 40 sqdn HE108 at Daba, Nov 1942 -Sgt C Mortimer [Capt] and 5 crew inc. 2 x RAF ? [I presume] & 2 RNZAF crew

    The other books are Wellington at War by Chaz Bowyer, Wellington Mainstay of Bomber Command by Peter G Cooksley, Wellington Wings by F R Chappell

    I bought the books second hand from various booksellers .Amazon.co.uk have some other Wellington books

    Email me if you want me to try & scan the HE108 photo. storm04ATglobalnet dot co dot uk
    Sub @ for AT & . for dot
    Anne
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    Default For David Gunby

    An update for your BCLME Vol.1 page 198 (HX468) where Sgt QUINN is listed as "RAF".
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Another publication you may wish to try is Wellington Squadrons in Focus by Paul Freer and Simon Parry : ISBN 9780955473548 and published by Red Kite. Two pages of 40 Squadron photographs are available with one contemporary photograph taken during November 1942 showing the Mortimer crew.

    Douglas

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