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Thread: Whitley P5021, 51 Sqn, 9/10 September 1940

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    Default Whitley P5021, 51 Sqn, 9/10 September 1940

    Hello everyone

    Long shot this one, but can anyone supply the individual letter for this Whitley, which ditched 120 miles E of the Firth of Forth after suffering flak damage over Berlin.

    The rear gunner, 43263 P/O John Robert Armstrong Careless (not P/O D. Careless as in some sources), was awarded the D.F.C. in September 1941 (the LG gives his unit as 35 Sqn at that time), as reported in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle on September 22nd 1941:

    First Blyth Man to Receive D.F.C.
    The first Blyth man to win the D.F.C. is Flight Lieut. John Robert Careless (24), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Careless, of 1, Twenty Second Avenue, Blyth.
    Flight-Lieut. Careless has had an adventurous career in the Air Force, which he joined six years ago as a carpenter.
    In September last year he was a member of the crew of a bomber which was forced down in the North Sea. After 11 hours in a dinghy they were rescued by an R.A.F. [sic] launch and they were brought into harbour.
    Subsequently he gave a broadcast account of his experience. Since then he has taken part raids on Kiel, Brest and other enemy strongholds, and he was a key member of the force which dropped a raiding parachutist party in Italy.
    He was commissioned in April last year, and on New Years Day this year...he received news that he had been promoted to Flight Lieut.
    Flight Lieut. Careless went to the Forster Senior School, Blyth.


    Many thanks

    Simon

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    Apologies for the gratuitous bump, but I wondered if anyone could help with this Whitley's code letter.

    Regards

    Simon

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