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    Does anyone have anymore info regarding the crash of Wellington 1c R1503 on August 12th 1941 shortly after takeoff from Waterbeach at 22.20 please? My late father was the wireless operator.
    Chris Gawne

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    Hi Chris

    Only what it says on P.115 of Bill Chorley's 'Bomber Command Losses' (BCL) for 1941 ...

    99 Sqn, Wellington 1c, R1503, LN-[ie code letter not known].
    Pilot P/O G S Eccles took off from Waterbeach on an op to Boulogne but the a/c failed to gain height due to poor trimming and, after flying into tree tops, crashed 2 miles ENE of the airfield injuring 3 of the crew.

    No other crew names listed.

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    Thanks Ian,
    Thats very useful. I imagine this is all the info available on this acciednt?
    Regards
    Chris

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    Chris, Hi,

    If we take the crash location (2 (statute?) miles ENE of the airfield – i.e. on a bearing of 067 degrees) as accurate then it must be somewhere close to one of the farms along Long Drove (running from the east side of Waterbeach village NE towards Upware). There aren’t many trees in that part of the world – did a posting there in the early 50’s!! Looking at the Met charts it would seem that R1503 should have taken off either on 227 (at 2000 yds a good, long, r/way for a heavily loaded Wellington), or on 279 (only 1400 yds!). Try the Waterbeach Parish Council to see if they know where, exactly, R1503 impacted. Try Cambridge Museum/Historical Society. The Police records may have something. And then see if any of the Metal Detectorist clubs in the area have ‘done’ the ground!

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    Peter Davies
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    Hi Chris

    I have the ORB for August 1941for 99 Squadron. The summary for 12th August 1941 states “The three Freshmen had Le Havre as primary target but was later changed to Boulogne. One of these P/O Eccles crashed at Waterbeach shortly after take off. Three of the crew sustained injuries”.

    The crew on R1503 on 7/8th August was
    F/Lt Hobbs
    P/O Eccles
    Sgt Broadribb
    Sgt Gawne
    Sgt Da Costa
    Sgt Ware

    Hope this helps

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    Mike

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    Hello,

    P/O Eccles and Sgt Broadribb [sic], were not so fortunate approximately three weeks later.

    31 Aug-1 Sep 1941
    No.99 Sqn
    Wellington IC R1411:LN-N
    Op: Koln

    T/o 2028 Waterbeach. Diverted to Mildenhall on return, where the pilot misjudged his first attempt to land. While making a second circuit, the Wellington was shot down by a Ju 88C intruder flown by Fw Alfons Koster, NJG2, and crashed 0248 in a field at Beck Row, Mildenhall, Suffolk.

    P/O G S Eccles +
    Sgt D H Hodge +
    Sgt A F B Broadribb + (Should read Sgt F A B Brodribb RCAF +)
    Sgt D R Mallett +
    Sgt G E Boxall +
    Sgt Stevens - Injured

    BCL2/134

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 18th July 2014 at 16:06.

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    Thanks Mike and Col,
    Are the ORB records available online?
    Your information is very useful and has enable me to fill in some gaps in my knowledge of Dad's WW2 career.
    Regards
    Chris

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