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    Default Identity of Wellington shot down by NJ on 11/12.6.44 SW Som/Hungary?

    Dear all,

    On 11-12 June 1944, one aircraft of a force of 50 ‘heavies’ from 205 Group that attacked Karlova airfield was lost. I have a German NF claim by Ofw. Karl Maisch of 2./NJG100, who claimed a Wellington destroyed 10 km. SW of Som in Hungary at 02.41, which may fit this loss. Who can supply me with details about this Wellington?

    Cheers & thanks, Theo

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    Hello,

    11/12-6-1944
    No.70 Sqn
    Wellington X LN870

    Took off Tortorella on the night of 11/12-6-1944, to bomb Karlova airfield, Bulgaria. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take-off and it failed to return.

    A Missing Research & Enquiry team later reported; The Bulgarian War Office compiled a list of British personnel buried in their country after 5th March 1941. This contains a paragraph which states: "On 12th June'44 between the villages of Krivodol and Staliisla Mahala, in the district of Lom, fell a light British Military plane under which were found the crushed and unrecognisable remains of four British flyers - identity unknown. The remains were buried at the place of the accident."

    AUS414498 W/O (Pilot) Brian Edward MARSTIN RAAF +
    AUS423246 F/Sgt (Nav.) Ronald Lewis MALOR RAAF +
    AUS425040 F/Sgt (Air Bomber) Douglas McAULLY RAAF +
    1323669 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) William Leonard BUGG RAFVR +
    1574052 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Ian REID RAFVR +

    All now buried in the Sofia War Cemetery, Bulgaria.

    See: http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/Imagine.asp?B=1073924

    pp.13-18 of 93, particularly.

    and...

    http://www.awm.gov.au/catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z004_1.pdf

    pp. 208-9 & 212 of 534.

    Col.
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    Hello Col,

    Cheers and thanks for that, your quick and elaborate reply is much appreciated! It appears that the crash location of 70 Squadron Wellington LN870 is a long distance away from where Maisch claimed a Wellington shot down; on the basis of the available evidence, I can't tie this loss to the NJ claim..

    Cheers, Theo

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    Just a thought, but can the claim be a typo, Lom (the place of the crash in Bulgaria) becoming Som (in Hungary) ?

    It seems to me that a the time Maisch was based in Rumania and participed to the defence of Ploesti oilfields, and so will be closer to Bulgaria than Hungary.

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    Hello Laurent,

    Yes, I've thought about this too, your reasoning could make perfect sense -but as long as I have no additional evidence in the form of a primary source like a Gefechtsbericht (combat report) I can't confirm this..

    Cheers, Theo

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