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    Photographs or service records of the following Wellingtons would be much appreciated. They were all at some time with the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment Prestwick. P9214 BK551 X3286 X3446 X3449 X3666 X3809 HA 929. Any other info about the MAEE Prestwick is of interest as part of my research into RAF Helensburgh.
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    Thanks for the interest in this topic. There seems to be little knowledge, or been written, about the MAEE at Prestwick. I will therefore continue my research, robin

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    Robin:

    Not helpful in a positive way, but in case you were thinking of seeking a copy, Peter Berry's book on Prestwick Airport makes no mention of the MAEE.

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    Hello,

    How about Wellington Mk.III BJ895 ? - Mkrs/MAEE/CGS - Dived into ground during fighter affiliation, Wykeham Abbey, 8m SW of Scarborough, Yorks 24.7.46.

    RAF Aircraft BA100 to BZ999. p.57.

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    From the diary of the late Dennis Tanner: It is strange how little is known about our detachment at Prestwick. I suppose very few people from RAF Helensburgh except me went there...Dennis flew in MAEE Wellington X3809 serviced by Scottish Aviation. The pilot was Stuart Carswell. Carswell later died in a crash flying MAEE Wellington NA929. It is Dennis's diary that has inspired me to further research MAEE during WW11. All feedback much appreciated. robin bird

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    think the last Wellington on the list was HE 929 not HA 929, the former lost on raid over Turin. Conformation that HE 929 was used by MAEE would be appreciated. robin

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    From the AM Form 78, which is quite difficult to read, it looks like HE929 went pretty much straight to 424 Sqn on the 11th of May 1943, and was SOC on the 3rd of December the same year. I can't see any Wellingtons with the serial HA929, and on consulting Robertson's "British Military Aircraft Serials 1911-1971" it would seem that that block wasn't used at all, for any type. Indeed, Robertson alludes to as much in the text of his book, noting that "HA" was the abbreviation for "hostile aircraft" and as such, serials commenced in the "HBxxx" range.

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    thanks Greg. settled for HE929. Incidentally I understood it was lost on raid over Turin on 24/11/43. Wonder if Tanner got confused with NA 929 that crashed killing Flt Lt Carswell, of the MAEE and crew on October 17, 45. That seems more likely. thanks again for the feedback, robin

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    No worries Robin, just shout up if you need me to look at any others. I don't have all the Wimpy Form 78s, but I have a fair percentage of them.

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