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    Good Morning;

    I need, with a certain urgency, any information about the Wing Commander Richard Anthony Wellington, DFC, DSO, (both his biography and service in the RAF)
    I have many information about his life before joining the RAF and some interviews published in newspapers at the time, but almost nothing about his two combat tours. If possible, I would like to receive information from his training period and some of the operations he took part.
    Another question is about the Wellington's relationship with Guy Gibson. According to someone on Wellington's family these two pilots did not have a friendly relationship.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Anderson, Hi,

    Richard Anthony Wellington b. 7 Jun 1919 (Reg Aston 6d 672) d. 1992 Rio de Janeiro

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    6th Sept. 1941.
    1382508 [Euston/Penarth Aug 40/Mar 41] LAC Richard Anthony WELLINGTON (106238).

    Fg Off 6th Sept. 1942.
    R. A. WELLINGTON (106238).

    DFC 12 Mar 1943 Flying Officer Richard Anthony WELLINGTON (106238), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 106 Squadron.

    DSO 27 Jul 1943 Acting Squadron Leader Richard Anthony WELLINGTON, D.F.C. (106238), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 83 Squadron. This officer has completed a large number of sorties, including 18 attacks on the Ruhr area. His efforts throughout have been characterised by a keen desire to bomb his targets determinedly and accurately. Squadron Leader Wellington is a fine leader whose great skill and example have contributed materially to the high morale of the air crews of the squadron.

    Commission Resigned Squadron 'Leader R. A. WELLINGTON, D.S.O., D.F.C. (106238) retaining the rank of Wing Commander. 16th Sept. 1946.

    19TH JULY 1963
    Richard Anthony Wellington, Esquire, D.S.O., D.F.C., to be Her Majesty's Consul for the States of Pernambuco, Alagoas, Paraiba, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceara, Piaui, Maranhao and Para, with the territory of Amapa, to reside at Recife (21st May 1963);

    OBE 3 Jun 1972 Richard Anthony WELLINGTON, D.S.O., D.F.C., lately First Secretary, H.M. Embassy, Rio de Janeiro.

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    Hello,

    DFC Citation:-

    F/O R. A. Wellington. R.A.F.V.R. No.106 Sqn. - F/O Wellington has participated in many operational sorties, a large number of which have been against targets in the Ruhr. He has defied the heaviest opposition to bomb his objectives., and on several occasions his aircraft has been damaged. One night in July, 1942*, whilst over Wilhelmshaven, his aircraft was heavily engaged by anti-aircraft fire, and later was attacked by an enemy fighter. The bomber sustained severe damage, but F/O Wellington skilfully flew it back to base.

    See: Flight. April 15th, 1943. p.403.

    https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightP...20-%200985.PDF

    * In all probability, 8/9 July, 1942.

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    Alkthough he is not named in the caption, I believe that Wellington is in this photograph. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._10...2._CH17504.jpg
    He is sixth from the right hand side.
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    Hello,

    One operation in which F/L. R. A. Wellington participated:

    5/6-3-1943
    No.83 Sqn.
    Lancaster I ED601:OL-T
    Op: Essen

    106238 F/L Richard Anthony Wellington RAFVR
    544467 Sgt Richard George Goodwin RAF
    113853 F/L Theodore Widdowfield Blair RAFVR
    J8751 F/O Earl Frank Reid RCAF
    AUS401376 F/O Vincent Howard Harley RAAF
    R124700 Sgt Paul Morton Connor RCAF
    924379 Sgt Alfred Walter Hicks RAFVR

    See:
    The Great Raids Vol. Two - Essen 5 March 1943.
    Searby,J. DSO, DFC, RAF AC. (Rtd.)
    Beckington:Picton Publishing,1987 (2nd.ed.).
    p.89

    Col.
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    Thank you for assistance. With respect to this photo, nephew and sister dismissed the possibility of Wellington be among those aviators.

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    Hello Anderson:

    As you are in touch with the relatives, is it possible for you to post a photograph of Flt Lt Wellington?
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    There is photo in Searby's 'Everlasting Arms' book that supposedly shows Wellington shaking hands with the Queen at Wyton in 1943.

    If you haven't got this I can send you a copy if you like?

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    Hello Ghost 428. Thank you, but I already have such a photo.
    Hello Chas. I have bad quality photographs, published in Brazilian newspapers of 1943. What is your email?

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    Hello Anderson -- it is charlesjfoster AT gmail.com .
    Looking forward to seeing them.
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