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    Default 205 Group Wellington loss 1-2 Febr. 1944?

    Dear all,

    Yet another query re. a 205 Group Wellington that was claimed shot down by a German night fighter:

    On 1-2 February 1944, Oblt. Hans Krause, St.Kpt. of 6./NJG101 and flying a Do217 N from Parndorf airfield, claimed a Wellington destroyed S.E. of Maribor at 20.45 hrs. I would be very interested in brief details about the 205 Group operations on this night, and on the identity of this Wellington!

    Thanks in advance for any help,

    cheers, Theo

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    Hello,

    On the first night of February (1944), the target was the aircraft factory at Maribor in Yugoslavia. The ongoing repairs to the runway at Tortorella prevented No.231 Wing from operating, and the thirty aircraft were provided by Nos 236 and 330 Wings. The weather and visibility were good, and early reports suggested that a concentrated attack had been carried out. However, the bombing photographs showed that the target attacked was not the Maribor factory but another some miles to the south-east. Considerable flak was encountered in the target area, and there appeared to be good co-operation between searchlights and night-fighters. One aircraft of No.104 Squadron did not return, and was presumed to have been an aircraft seen to have been shot down over the target.

    See:
    Bombers Over Sand and Snow:205 Group RAF in World War II.
    Granfield,Alun.
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword Aviation,2011.
    p.241.

    1/2-2-1944
    No.104 Sqn.
    Wellington X LN345 'M'

    Briefed to attack the Maribor Aircraft Factory, Yugoslavia. Aircraft attacked by a night-fighter and exploded 2m SW of Maribor.

    1333470 F/Sgt (Pilot) Sydney Douglas RUSSELL RAFVR +
    1366021 F/Sgt (Nav.) William Robert Cecil FULTON RAFVR +
    133709 F/O (Air Bomber) Donald James DUNCAN RAFVR +
    1384906 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Francis Reginald HORNER RAFVR +
    919881 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Arthur Richard LONG RAFVR +

    All buried Belgrade War Cemetery.

    Col.
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    Hello and good morning Col,

    Many thanks for your elaborate reply, most interesting and helpful!

    Cheers, Theo

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    Default One more , 205 Group Wellington loss 3.4.1944.

    Hi COL BRUGGY

    I belive i have found crash site of that Welington in Prezid , Croatia.
    It was also shot down by night fighter.
    I will really appreciate answer like one before...lol
    Thanks in advance
    Marin

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello,

    On the first night of February (1944), the target was the aircraft factory at Maribor in Yugoslavia. The ongoing repairs to the runway at Tortorella prevented No.231 Wing from operating, and the thirty aircraft were provided by Nos 236 and 330 Wings. The weather and visibility were good, and early reports suggested that a concentrated attack had been carried out. However, the bombing photographs showed that the target attacked was not the Maribor factory but another some miles to the south-east. Considerable flak was encountered in the target area, and there appeared to be good co-operation between searchlights and night-fighters. One aircraft of No.104 Squadron did not return, and was presumed to have been an aircraft seen to have been shot down over the target.

    See:
    Bombers Over Sand and Snow:205 Group RAF in World War II.
    Granfield,Alun.
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword Aviation,2011.
    p.241.

    1/2-2-1944
    No.104 Sqn.
    Wellington X LN345 'M'

    Briefed to attack the Maribor Aircraft Factory, Yugoslavia. Aircraft attacked by a night-fighter and exploded 2m SW of Maribor.

    1333470 F/Sgt (Pilot) Sydney Douglas RUSSELL RAFVR +
    1366021 F/Sgt (Nav.) William Robert Cecil FULTON RAFVR +
    133709 F/O (Air Bomber) Donald James DUNCAN RAFVR +
    1384906 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Francis Reginald HORNER RAFVR +
    919881 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Arthur Richard LONG RAFVR +

    All buried Belgrade War Cemetery.

    Col.
    Sydney Russell, the pilot was my uncle. I am going to Belgrade next year to visit his and his crews graves.

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    I would be very interested to know if anyone has the location of the crashed aircraft or any other information. The battle report states that it went down in flames over the target.

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    This what I have.

    David

    Took off 1751, Foggia Main, detailed to attack the aircraft factory at Maribor. Shot down at 20.45 by Oblt Hans Krause of 6./NJG101, flying a Do217N, exploding and crashing near Sterntal. All are buried in Belgrade War Cemetery.

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    Thanks David,

    I already had all that information except for the rough location of the crash, so thanks for the Sterntal location.

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