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    Default 612 Squadron Wellington Accidents

    I would be grateful if someone could please resolve the following for me:

    3 Aug 1943: [B]HF128[B] Flt Sgt W H Smitham FTR A/s patrol
    3 Sep 1943: [B]HF128[B] Flt Sgt Stirling FTR A/S patrol

    Same aircraft??

    8 May 1944: Wellington XIV 612 Squadron FTR A/S patrol (Sqn Ldr Thompson?)

    Can anyone supply a serial and confirm the name of the captain?

    Thank you.

    DW

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    Hello

    From the ORB 612 Squadron:

    3 Aug 1943:
    F/S Smitham W. H. and crew took off at 23:15 with Wellington XiV MP654/J but returned to base with engine trouble and landing at 00:48 on the 4th of August. Took off with a new aircraft (Wellington XIV HF128/P) at 01:48 and failed to return.
    Crew missing in action. Names on Runnymede Memorial: Sergeant Vernon Francis Burnett (RAF VR, 1311994), Warrant Officer John William Jones (RAF VR, 1154432), Flight Sergeant Jack William Low (RAF VR, 1335464), Sergeant Eric Middleton (RAF VR, 1312412), Flight Sergeant William Henry Smitham (RAF VR, 1108739), Sergeant Horace Wharton (RAF VR, 1073453).

    2 Sept 1943:
    Sgt Stirling J.T. and crew took off at 22:29 with Wellington XIV MP654/J and failed to return.
    Sergeant Samuel Graham Warke (RAF VR, Service No 1482490), Sergeant Alan Leslie York (RAF VR, 1387855) and Warrant Officer Class II Panko Peter Blazeiko (RCAF, R/128212) missing in action. Their names are on Runnymede Memorial. Sergeant J.T. Stirling (RAF, 1028890), A. Brown (RCAF, R/141409) et A.G. Connor (RAF, 1332463) became prisoner of war.

    I haven't the ORB for May 1944.
    Sorry for my bad English.

    Polo

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    Polo,

    Thank you very much for finding the time to respond to my request regarding the 612 Squadron Wellington accidents, which was of great interest. If anyone can resolve the accident details for the Wellington on 8 May 1944.....??

    DW

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    Hi Polo. My second uncle was Panko Blazeiko. My grandfather Mike Bkazeiko was a Medic landing in Normandy. Im now a medic.
    Can you tell me more about Panko? Is their plane still missing? Is it true they were shot down by an 88? Any information would be valued.
    Best regards
    Kevin Kaban

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    Hey Kevin and Polo,

    Panko Peter Blazeiko was also a great uncle to me. My grandfather was Nick Blazeiko, brother to Mike. I miss the days of seeing Uncle Mike and Auntie Rosie. What a small world. Either way I was and have been wondering if any other information was available on that aircraft too. Canada has very little info thus far, but maybe the experts on here have more. Thank you very much for the info provided already.

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