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    Default Wellington crew buried in Leros War Cemetery, Greece.

    Can anyone give me details of the loss of a Wellington of 38 Squadron RAF on 3 July 1944, please?
    The pilots (Knox and Moderwell) were Canadians and the crew were Brits, including Flt/Sgt.1344310, John McCaig McMaster - Nav/Bomb - of Port William, Wigtownshire.
    All six are buried on the island of Leros in the Aegean - the only Air Force personnel interred there.
    Many thanks.
    Ken

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    Wellington Mk XIII HZ633 was shot down by flak near Leros while on a mine-laying operation.

    F/O Kenneth Andrew Moderwell (22) RCAF, P/O Chester Dwane Knox (21) RCAF, F/S James Henry Storey (34) RAFVR, F/S John McCraig McMaster (31) RAFVR, Sgt Sydney John Saunders (22) RAFVR, and Sgt Robert Ferguson Torrance (23) RAFVR.

    Source: RAF.Org Casualties.

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    Thank you kind sir.
    Ken

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    The 38 Sqn ORB has the following:

    "Aircraft C (MF294) and J took off at 2035. At 0152 as C approached Partheni he saw what appeared to be an aircraft caught by flak and go down in flames, and when over the target saw six distinct fires to the south of the bay. It is presumed that this was aircraft J. C successfully dropped his mines, but experienced fairly intense and accurate light and medium flak from gun positions on the hills above the Bay."

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    Thank you Simon.
    One more question, please.
    "Aircraft C (MF294) and J took off at 2035....."
    From where?

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    Ken

    I've just replied to your PM, but I thought I'd add the info the original thread. According to the Form 540 for July 1944, the 38 Sqn Wellingtons were based at Berka 3, which I understand was near Benghazi. Has anyone a more exact location for the airfield?

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    Hi Simon,

    The Berka airfields have been lost in post-war urban sprawl it seems, but here is a link which might help.

    http://www.wwii-photos-maps.com/targ...platz%201.html

    Ray.

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