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    Hello,

    I am trying to find further details for the following Wellington crashes at RAF Jurby and Ronaldsway and would appreciate any help. I have been through all the AB serial registers and Chorleys OTU losses without success:

    30/05/1943 - Wellington made emergency landing at Jurby, no injuries to crew.
    04/07/1943 - Wellington from RAF Seighford (30 OTU?) crash landed at Jurby.
    23/07/1943 - Wellington (Coded 69) force landed out of fuel at Ronaldsway - "Flying from Worcester to Belfast".
    31/08/1943 - OTU Wellington crash landed near Jurby airfield. Jettisoned bomb load over sea before crashing.
    16/09/1944 - Wellington from Silloth (6 OTU?) force landed at Jurby, no injuries to crew.
    27/11/1944 - Wellington from Husbands Bosworth (85 OTU?) force landed at Jurby.

    The source for the above details is the various RAF Jurby and Ronaldsway ORB's

    Stevie

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    Hi,

    From No.85 OTU ORB

    27th
    Wellington X aircraft LP176 (Pilot F/Sgt Richmond E) a pupil of No.9 course was carrying out a day cross country exercise, when the port engine failed over the Isle of Man.

    F/Sgt Richmond decided to make a precautionary landing at RAF Station Jurby. The aircraft was damaged when the pilot retracted the undercarriage to prevent over running the runway,and has been assessed as Cat.B.

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    I've just run through Steve Poole's book "Rough Landing or Fatal Flight" which deals with accidents on the Isle of Man.

    Apart from the Wellington '69', I had no joy with the others.

    It seems possible that none of those you have recorded was written off or sustained sufficient damage to get too excited about and, therefore, very little would have been recorded.

    Even retracting the undercarriage (see Ross above) only warranted a Cat B, although it probably needed new props and a pair of engine changes, if the motors were shock loaded.

    Colin Cummings

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    Hi Ross,

    Excellent, many thanks for that, one crossed off the list.

    Hi Colin,

    Thanks also, yes I appreciate that these are very minor accidents, CatB, its just nice to fill in the details were possible.

    Many thanks again.

    Stevie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross_McNeill View Post
    Hi,

    From No.85 OTU ORB

    27th
    Wellington X aircraft LP176 (Pilot F/Sgt Richmond E) a pupil of No.9 course was carrying out a day cross country exercise, when the port engine failed over the Isle of Man.

    F/Sgt Richmond decided to make a precautionary landing at RAF Station Jurby. The aircraft was damaged when the pilot retracted the undercarriage to prevent over running the runway,and has been assessed as Cat.B.

    Regards
    Ross
    Colin / Stevie / Ross,

    Flt/Sgt Richmond and his crew ended up at 100 Squadron in March 1945, and flew five ops before the war's end, plus a number of "Manna" and "Exodus" trips. The crew listing for the crash-landing at Jurby on the 27th was: -

    Sgt Richmond (Pilot)
    Sgt Rose (Navigator)
    Sgt Mallows (Bomb Aimer / Observer)
    Sgt Ockerby (Wireless Op)
    Sgt Wallace (Rear Gunner)

    The crew made the journey back to the mainland via boat, later the same day.

    Hope that adds a little for you.

    L/O

    Greg
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

    Greg Harrison
    100 Squadron and 100 Squadron Association Historian
    100 Squadron Researcher 1917 - present day
    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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