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    Default Vickers Wellesley Crash 223 Sqn 04/04/1940 France

    can anyone ID this aircraft. Crew were Sergeant (Pilot) John Adrian Lewis# 563644, and - Sergeant Ronald Hawes, RAF 565704 both killed. They were flying back to UK from Sudan

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    PS I will come back to this

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    It seems to have been a bad day for Wellesleys. K File has two lost on that day. K7740 dived into the sea in bad weather, Pointe de l'Aiguillon, Vendee, 3 killed. K7754 missing off French coast in bad weather on Ferry Flight to Middle East, presumed ditched, 3 killed. However, a return flight from the Middle East would appear to be very odd, at this time they were rebuilds from Bomber Command service going the other way.

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    Mojmir and Graham thank looks like I have two incidents mixed up I think K7740 looks good and the crew is on the French web site and Hawes on k7754

    As I said I will return to this Paul

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    Paul,

    You may have this information already but here goes.

    K7740 Crashed in the sea at L'Aiguillon near La Rochelle. All 3 bodies were recovered and were buried at L'Aiquillon.
    Sgt. J.A. Lewis (223 Sqn.)
    LAC A.R. Martin (113 Sqn.)
    LAC R.W.E. Jordan (30 Sqn.)

    K7754 Crashed in the sea, all the crew were lost and no bodies recovered.
    F/O J.D.V. Porter (107 Sqn.)
    Sgt. R. Hawes (223 Sqn.)
    Sgt. A.G.R. Allan (211 Sqn)

    These two aircraft, along with K7715 and K8528, left 36 MU in the UK for Egypt. They met bad weather and only K7715 was able to land at the 21 Air Depot airfield of Bougeunais near Nantes. K8528 force-landed at 'La Roche-sur-Yon' (sic) but reached Bougeunais the following day.
    The units for the crews are as shown on the CWGC website.

    The details here come from 'RAF BOMBER LOSSES in the MIDDLE EAST and MEDITERRANEAN, Vol. 1' by David Gunby and Pelham Temple, and the ORB for No. 21 Air Depot (AIR 29/776), supplemented by the CWGC website.

    Hope this helps,

    Martin.

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    Thanks for this info it has cleared up all my queries about this. Why was I interested ? Well I refer you to an old posting of mine

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...-Pagnell-Lincs

    I had identified all the crew except the mechanic "LAC J H Lewis" I only found out yesterday that J H Lewis was actily John Adrian Lewis an ex Halton Brat you obviously went under pilot training and was killed in K7740


    More about him here

    http://www.llangollenmuseum.org.uk/e...is/Summary.htm

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