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    Dear all,

    On 3-4 June 1944, Fw. Helmut Bunje of 4./NJG6 claimed a Wellington shot down at Calera, SW Rome, at 01.00 hrs. Who can supply me with details about the identity of this Wimpey & the fate of its crew?

    Cheers, Theo

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    Hello Theo,

    No.205 Group lost no Wellingtons on this date, but No.114 Squadron lost a Boston.

    4-6-1944
    No.114 Sqn
    Boston IIIA BZ257 (42-33012)

    Took off 0015, detailed to carry out an armed recce of the roads to the east, west and north of Rome. The aircraft failed to return. The wreckage was discovered later in 1944, at Map Ref: 593554, Ostia, Lida da Roma (Lido di Roma ?). Sheet 149, 1/50,000.

    AUS32274 W/O (Pilot) Clive Alexander PICKUP RAAF +
    1576271 F/Sgt (Nav./B) Herbert Ernest WHALE RAFVR +
    1034671 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Wilfred Henry ELSLEY RAFVR +
    1613907 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Ernest Edward BRETT RAFVR +

    All buried Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio. Coll. grave XIX. G. 10.

    See: http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=1076853

    W/O Pickup had earlier lost a younger brother, 413419 LAC Laurence Francis PICKUP RAAF, virtually two years to the day on 3-6-1942, when No.6 SFTS Anson W2435 force-landed on the sea half-a-mile SSE of Cape Willoughby Light House, South Australia. The four crew remain missing to this day, and are commemorated on the Sydney Memorial.

    Col.
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    Hi Col,

    Cheers & thanks for that! The location & time certainly seem to match to the NJ claim. Bunje, at that time, was still a relatively inexperienced pilot and may well have mis-identified to Boston for a 'Wellington'.

    Cheers, Theo

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    Col
    Slightly off Theo's track but where is the Sydney Memorial -for those of no known grave ?
    In the Botanical gardens or by the Harbour ?

    I'd like to visit it next time I am home .

    Anne

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    Hello Anne,

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/2020500/SYDNEY MEMORIAL

    Col.

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    Col

    Thank you .

    Anne

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