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    Default Wellington 142 sq

    Hi all
    An easy one!
    Can any one confirm that the airmans grave on Ashdown Forest commemorates the crew of a Wellington of 142 sq that crashed on return from a raid on Cologne.Also giving details of crew, aircraft serial No. etc.
    One website has it as a liberator.
    Many thanks in advance.

    Nick

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    Nick,

    Er, would be even easier if you were perhaps to give us a date?!

    Errol

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    Not a grave, but a memorial for Sgt/P V.P. Sutton, died on 31-7-1941.

    Other crew killed were F/S H.A.V. Vidler, Sgt W. Brooks, F/S A. Cave, Sgt T. Hathaway and Sgt L. Saunders.

    Wellington W5364 QT-H of 142 Squadron on return from Cologne.

    Regards,

    Leendert
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    sorry Errol did this in a hurry while away from my desk!!

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    Leendert
    Thanks for that, I was aware that it is not the actual grave, But it is known locally and on the Ashdown Forest guides as the airmans grave.
    Any ideas on the circumstances around the loss of the aircraft and crew?
    Nick

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    Default James

    Hi Nick
    This is a local one for me.
    Local myth is that the A/C was retuning, damaged from Cologne and that the pilot skillfully avoided any houses thus saving lives on the ground. I do not know the time of the crash but there would of course have been a blackout so if it was dark he would not have seen the houses. One of his engines was feathered. There is no wreckage at the site. Large memorial services each year on Remembrance Sunday
    Try these links for photos
    www.ashdownforest.co.uk/Places/airmansgrave.htm
    home.btconnect.com/dissfamilytree/images/Airman'sGrave-02
    www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6237
    Hope this is of some help

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    Default Seeking photographs

    Hello everybody,

    As we are talking about No.142 Squadron, I am myself looking for photographs of this unit in 1941-1942, aircraft, crews or individuals.
    Any help for this request would be very appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

    Phil

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