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    Default Wellington shot down over Palermo, 21/22 february 1943

    Hello,
    on the night of 21/22 february 1943, a Vickers Wellington was shot down in the outskirt of Paelrmo (Sicily) by Lt. Luigi Torchio, belonging to the italian 377 Squadriglia Autonoma. He was flying a Fiat CR.42 CN nightfighter. I guess the Wellington belong to the 70 squadron, someone can give me more informations about the plane and the mission? Thanks in advance.

    Mick

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    Hello Troops,

    I have provided an answer to this query over on TOCH:

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=46028

    Col.
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    Col,
    Is that the location that I used to know as Agedabia (the Italianate spelling), just south of Benghazi, when I was in that neck of the woods in the mid 50s, and mid 60s? Some of this place-name chasing is not made any easier by folk using the modern spellings, rather than the spellings that were used (in Op Orders/maps) at the time. Google Earth, has, I might add, made it even more difficult by only marking places in that area in the Arabic script (which I neither read/write/speak).
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    Peter,

    No, not the same place. Gardabia was further west, approx 90m ESE of Tripoli. There were a complex of airfields, if you could call them that, in the vicinity, ie Gardabia East, Gardabia Main, Gardabia South and Gardabia West, plus many others.

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    Col,
    Tks for that!
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