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    I have found a photograph of Wellington L4282 ( in large letters under starboard wing) just inside a hangar, with what looks like a Magister in the background.
    I think this particular aircraft was destroyed at RAF Harwell in June 1940 , no fatalities. I wonder if anyone has any further information or maybe can point mein the right direction.I am non too sure of squadron in 1940 or maybe it was OTU

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    Hi Wellington L4282 , of 15 OTU , Overshot night landing and U/C raised to stop Harwell 22/6/40, i do not have any crew details , hope this helps
    I would love to see the picture you mention ?

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    Last edited by phill jones; 7th August 2011 at 09:13. Reason: my mistake wrong crash date quoted

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    The pilot of L4282 was S/Ldr A. H. SMYTHE. Service number and full crew not quoted. No injuries.
    Doug.

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    Hi Newmarket, RAF aircraft serials, by J J Halley:
    L4282 - 148 Squadron, RAE and then 15 OTU, where it overshot landing at Harwell, 22nd June 1940 (not 1942).
    From Chorley's Bomber Command Losses Vol 7:

    22nd June 1940. 15 OTU. Took off Harwell for night dual circuits and landings. The pupil pilot, who is not named, overshot the flare-path, whereupon S/L Smythe took over the controls and raised the undercarriage. However, the bomber ran on for at least 150 yardsbefore veering sharply and finishing up amongst a pile of sandbags.
    S/L A H Smythe.

    Any other features in the photo which may determine whether it was taken at Harwell or prior?

    Cheers,

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    Gents,
    Air Britain L1000-N9999 (edition 1993): 22-6-19"40".
    Not listed by Chorley in his Vol. 7 (OTU losses) neither 22-6-1940 nor 22-6-1942.
    Regards,
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    That was all brilliantly fast. I found a load of actual photographs,mainly of an airshow pre war. This Wellington was amongst them. Had them some years since I was hobbying by helping rebuild a/c at Duxford.( Shuttleworth Sea Hurricane being the last I was involved with) I will try and scan this Wellington one in case it is of interest.
    I do not really need the photos now and am loathe to ditch them so first come first served if they are of use to any member. An email can be replied to with some scans. I belive that can be done through private messages, which I have no idea at present how to use !!

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    Apologize for my incorrect message nr 5 of this thread. Chorley indeed listed the loss in his vol. 7 on page 19. T/o Harwell for night dual circuits and landings. The pupil pilot, who is not named, overshot the flare-path, whereupon S/L Smythe took over the controls and raised the undercarriage. However, the bomber ran on for at least 150 yards before veering sharply and finishing up amongst a pile of sandbags.
    Sorry oncemore,
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    Re Wellington L4282. Found an earlier record in No149 ORB dated 21 Sept 1939 based at RAF Mildenhall: " Wellington I No L4282 damaged while Sgt Way and Sgt McLeod were carrying out night flying practice - machine damaged beyond unit repair". Can only assume it was transported to one of the MU's, recovered and continued flying duties at RAF Harwell.

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    Doug,
    Can you recheck the serial please? As far as I know L4282 never served with 149 Sqn, only 148 Sqn, then RAE, then 15 OTU as previously mentioned.
    The Form 78 can be found here:
    http://lancasterbombersinfo.ipage.co...ile/index.html
    As you can see, it was on charge with 148 Sqn at Harwell in Sep 39.
    Andy

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    L4252 was the No.149 Sqn incident on 21st Sept 1939 according to F1180

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