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    Hi all,

    I've been asked by one of the members of the 100 Sqn Assn to look into the death of the above Navigator, who was killed on the 9th of October 1944 whilst flying with 613 Squadron, who were I believe, part of the 2nd TAF? This chap had previously been the Nav in the crew of W/O Ron Clark on 100 Squadron, who were responsible for painting the famous "Phantom of the Ruhr" nose-art on Lancaster EE139 which was represented recently by the BBMF Lanc.

    If anyone can shine a light on his time with 613 or the details of his death, I'd be very grateful.

    L/O

    Greg
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    Thanks Dennis. Can anyone add any details of his time with 613, which Google was unable to provide?

    L/O

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    Hello Greg

    I can have a look at No. 613 Squadron ORB, but I hope it's not too urgent !

    Joss

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    Hello Joss - many thanks, whenever you have some spare time will be great!! It is for the daughter of W/O Ron Clark, who was James Holt's skipper at 100 Squadron in 1943. Thanks for anything you can find buddy!!

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    Hello

    I couldn't find any other mentions of F/O J. SIDDELL other than the mission in which he lost his life. Incidentally, the serial number quoted is not HR362. My digital picture of the ORB is not too good, it looks more like HR138 or 188. But ORBs can be at fault too...

    No time of take off against the names of WELLINGS and SIDDELL. 8 crews were detailed to attack enemy movements and raid traffic in four areas :
    1. Osnabruck, Munster, Dorsten, Wessel, Geldern
    2. Utrecht, Amersfoort, Denenter, Emmerich, Dusseldorf, Venlo, Arnhem
    3. movement along the water routes Leer, Groningen, Meppel, Zuider Zee
    4. Paderborn, Lippestade, Soist.

    One aircraft failed to return. Bad weather hampered the nights operations and all aircraft were diverted from base. bomb load was 2 flares, LRT. Total hours for the Squadron 26.00

    If the crew list follows the list of target, Wellings and Siddell were despatched against area #4.

    I didn't spot a date of posting in for SIDDELL. WELLINGS seems to have been posted much earlier, flying with other navigators.

    Sorry not to be able to add much.

    Joss

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    Hi Joss,

    Many thanks for the reply, great stuff :)

    All the best,

    Greg
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    Hi Greg,

    I was born not far from where James Siddell's airplane crashed in October 1944. Used to play there as a kid. I have lived many years very close to the place where he and Wellings are buried. I have spoken to people who remember the accident. Contact me if you wish to know more, ok?

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