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    Default Photo's Crew of Wellington Z8984 Cr25/26.April 1942

    Greetings All,

    Is there anyone who could furnish me with a photograph of the crew or individual crew members of 70Squadron Wellington Z8984 which crashed near Berka, Beghazi 25/26 April 1942 . Please.

    This will assist me in completing a project on a ‘missing’ New Zealand airman.

    There is a portrait photograph of Sgt. Taylor published in the NZ Weekly News (3.6.42) but I just cannot locate one.

    The crew was as follows:-
    Sgt.P.R.Darby Captain. POW
    Sgt.G.L.Taylor. 2nd.Pilot. Missing
    Sgt.J.K.Cleeve. RAAF POW
    Sgt. B.W.Linklater.RAAF POW
    Sgt.W.J.D.Powell. Evader
    Sgt.E.L.Morris. Evader

    Thanks,
    Digger.

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    Default Crew member of 70 Squadron Wellington Z8984

    Hi,
    By absolute coincidence I put the above Wellington aircraft number in to Google this morning as I had just found the above aircraft that crashed whilst tracing my uncle Sgt E L Morris who was a crew member.
    As you posted the request on this site over a year ago you might no longer be interested or have found the information that you were looking for.
    Let me know
    John

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    I am also interested in this crew, as the NAV/OBS - F/SGT John Kingdon Cleeve (RAAF), was my godfather. He passed away in 1974 in Taranaki, New Zealand. He was a POW for 3 years, in Libya, Italy, Austria and Germany.
    His RAAF records made somber reading indeed, having witnessed numerous atrocities whilst interred.

    I have found some 70 Squadron amateur photos on the web, not nothing of this crew nor their Wellington 1C Z8984.

    As an aside does anyone know what code letter would have been used on Z8984? I am making a model of his Wimpy and would like to get it correct.
    Age will not weary them.

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    Morningf 'Mungus',

    The code lett3er for Z8984 was BL-D.

    I have had nothing further on this project , by the way did I sent you my little write up on this project 'Missing Airmen'. (M.A-23), if not please contact me at awarculus@xtra.co.nz

    Cheers,
    Digger

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    Sorry, Digger, but BL was the 40 Squadron code, and in any case, not used in North Africa in 1942, where aircraft usually wore only an individual letter.

    David

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    Mungus,

    If you google fellow RAAF crewman Linklater you'll see his daughter is also looking for info. His records are digitized at NAA.

    Perhaps his logbook, should she have it, will reveal the missing code.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Gunby View Post
    Sorry, Digger, but BL was the 40 Squadron code, and in any case, not used in North Africa in 1942, where aircraft usually wore only an individual letter.

    David
    Oh Dave, Take a quarter of a point, how could I do that! thanks,
    Digger

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