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    Default Historical Record Wellington L4256 75 Sqn Loss 19th Sep 1939

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    Thanks to Bill Davis on britmodeller forum (who confirmed my suggested crew names) as his uncle had communicated with John Hollingsworth in 1994. Full crew for this incident are

    F/O Kitchen (Captain)
    F/Lt Smythe (Flight Commander)
    Sgt Moss (Navigator)
    John Hollingsworth (Wireless Operator)
    In addition, A.C.Salt was an armourer on the ground staff who had never previously flown, but had begged a flight "for the experience".

    This updates Chorley list (who only had first 2 names) - I had other 3 from Irvin list

    http://www.ystradgynlais.info/wellington-l4256.html

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    From my notes on 75 Squadron (derived from original ORB) , with additional work undertaken with RAF Lists!
    David D

    KITCHIN, Acting Pilot Officer Peter James Robert, RAF.
    39539 Pilot 75 Sqdn 23 October 1937 to 4 April 1940. Seniority as A/P/O dated 8/3/37, as P/O w.e.f. 21/12/37, as F/O w.e.f. 21/7/39, as F/L w.e.f. 3/9/40. Presume posted straight from flying training course at No.7 FTS, Peterborough, here from 20/3/37 as A/P/O under instruction. Listed on squadron strength at outbreak of war. F/O Kitchin was 2nd pilot of Wellington a/c captained by F/L A H Smythe which ran out of fuel after becoming lost during a night cross country flight during 18-19 September 1939, and all five crew had to bale out after some 11 hours in the air. They all landed safely, but the aircraft was destroyed when it crashed at Aberdare, Wales. See also further service in history of No.75 (NZ) Sqdn (was killed 12/3/42).

    SMYTHE, Flying Officer Alfred Howard, RAF.
    37563 Pilot 75 Sqn 13 July 1938 to 14 December 1939. Posted in to A Flight. Seniority as A/P/O dated 3/2/36, as P/O w.e.f. 25/11/36, as F/O w.e.f. 25/5/38, as F/L (dated?) (He was noted as holding the acting rank of F/L on outbreak of war, and held appointment of Squadron Navigation Officer). F/L Smythe was captain of a Wellington aircraft on a night cross country flight on 18-19/9/39 which ran into bad weather, and then lost all communications when its W/T equipment failed. It eventually ran out of fuel after some 11 hours in the air, and the five man crew all baled out, landing safely. The Wellington crashed at 0640 hours on 19th September, at Aberdare, Wales. From Wilson log, F/L Smythe flew a Wellington to Grantham 13/10/39, but forced to return to base, poor viz. F/L Smythe promoted to S/L and posted to No.149 Sqdn 14/12/39; presume survived war.

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    I got a Copy of Air 14-47 Today which I am slowly working through

    AC Salt is AC1 William Edward Denis Salt #550423
    AC2 John Hollingworth is John Harris Hollingworth #619092.

    Previously Identified

    F/Lt Alfred Howard Smythe
    Sgt Thomas Robert Moss #518032
    F/O Peter James Robert Kitchin

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