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    Default Crash locations of 8 Wellingtons lost on 30-31 May 1942?

    Dear all,

    There are several Wellington losses on the 30/31 May 1942 Cologne raid of which I do not have the crash locations, perhaps members can fill in these gaps (I do have the crew members of these a/c listed from Bill Chorley's vol. for 1942) -with these crash locations I hope to be able to fill in a number of German NF claims:

    -11 OTU Wellington R1065
    -12 Sqn Wellington Z8376
    -12 Sqn Wellington Z8643
    -22 OTU Wellington R1235
    -22 OTU Wellington R1714
    -103 Sqn Wellington DV452
    -109 Sqn Wellington Z1113
    -142 Sqn Wellington Z1208

    Cheers, Theo

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    Hello Theo,

    From R1065, the PoW questionnaire of Sgt Kenneth Arthur DUNKLEY (not D. DUNKLEY) gives his place of capture as Nieuport in Belgium. Our Belgian members (Leendert ?) may have more details about this one.

    Joss

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    Hi Joss,

    Thanks for this interesting lead, much appreciated!

    Cheers, Theo

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    Theo,

    From my 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume One: Fates 1915-1942)':

    22 Operational Training Unit, RAF (Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire - 91 Group)
    Wellington IC R1235/O - took off at 2255 from Elsham Wolds, Lincolnshire, captained by Flt Sgt C J Matthews, RAF, on same raid as the above, and brought down over Germany, crashing at Kalenberg, 4km NE of Kall. All five crew are buried at Rheinberg, 12km south of Wesel.
    Air Bomber: NZ405515 Sgt Denis Henry EDWARDS, RNZAF - Age 22. 1st op(?)
    Edwards brother, Norman John Edwards, died four days later while flying with 101 Sqn, RAF.

    And amendmentt from Vol Three (Biographies & Appendices):

    EDWARDS, D H shot down c.0030 and flew over Kalenberg at about 50 feet before hitting some trees at a house called Reisa, then crashed in a field and burnt out. Crew first buried at Scheven, 1km SW of Kalenberg.

    Errol

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    Hello Erroll,

    Cheers & thanks for that, these crash details would fit the following claim:

    Oblt. Rolf Bokemeyer: 2 5./NJG1 Wellington near Kalenberg, 20 km. W. Bonn 01.43

    Cheers, Theo

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    R1065 crashlanded 600 metres W of the 'Pelikaanbrug' in Nieuwpoort, NW of Koksijde, about 03.45h.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hello and good afternoon Henk,

    Many thanks for these details re. the loss of 11 OTU Wellington R1065. I've checked this one if it would fit to any known Luftwaffe NJ claims, but none would seem to match.

    Cheers, Theo

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