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    Hi everybody,

    does anyone has information on a RAF Wellington bomber lost in the south Euvoian gulf Greece ( East of Attika)?
    It seems that the wreck was found some years ago.
    thank you in advance

    Aristotelis

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    Hello,

    As far as No.221 Sqn Wellington XIII JA354 is concerned, already covered, here:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-XIII-3-4-1945

    Another possibility:

    2/3 June,1944
    No.38 Sqn
    Wellington XIII JA296

    Detailed to carry out mining operations in Khalkis Harbour, Greece. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after it took off at 2030, and it failed to return.

    At 2255 a Wellington from 38 Sqn saw a flashing light in position 34.55N 22.13E and the area was searched for 15 minutes without success. A further search was conducted on 3rd June but nothing was found

    1314478 F/S (Pilot) L W COOK RAFVR - Pow
    1338203 F/S (Pilot) J HAMILTON RAFVR - PoW
    AUS425406 W/O (Nav.) Charles FAUST RAAF +
    NZ414851 W/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) John Andrew ASHDOWN RNZAF +
    AUS405963 W/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Francis Joseph KEEGAN RAAF +
    1543669 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Patrick Michael MURPHY RAFVR +

    In a later report, the PoW's stated "the aircraft crashed about a half-a-mile on the Aegean side of the Khalkis bridge. "We were the only two to get out. We swam around the scene for 15 minutes but saw no sign of the others, and we believed they were either killed in the ditching or drowned. At 0200 we were picked up by a German E or F boat." The locals stated that the aircraft was shot down and crashed in the harbour.

    In 1953 the remains of the four missing crew were recovered from the wreck and they were buried in Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 23rd March 2014 at 12:51.

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    Thank you all for your info.
    I have already located 2 Wellington's in the central Aegean, one at Sifnos and the other at Serifos island.
    I am searching for the one lost on 3 April 1945 as it is related with the loss of a HAF Spitfire flying on the SAR mission.

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