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    Default March- May 1943 - Crash at Talbenny of a Wellington

    Hello all
    I wonder if anyone can confirm an aircraft and crew for the following:
    Sgt Eric Lee DOYLE 412330 in his war history mentions the following passage, he has just recorded a crash landing of his own with 179 Sqn in 1944:

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    I was keen to evacuate because one of our crews bad somewhat the same experience in training at Talbenny just 12 months before in May '43, before we left for India. A F/0 Mitchell, a New Zealander was the W/Op, with a Birmingham man as the pilot.
    These are the only two crew members I remember. They were coming in to land when they hit a low rise near the end of the runway, crashed and burst into flames. The navigator was trapped and burnt to death, while the others, all badly burnt, got out. One had walked down to the First Aid post where he was found in a burnt and dazed condition.

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    I think at this point in his posting, E L Doyle was posted to 303 Ferry Training Unit FTU at Talbenny. Between 24 March and 3rd May 1943.
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    was typing on a train and didn't flick back to my pdf copy of service before posting. 303 FTU it is. Ill edit the above.
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    Dennis,

    Apologies, I inadvertently deleted my post (I meant to remove the reference to Eric's book, "Just Call Me Joe", and deleted the lot!). For those interested, it read (from memory):

    Hello,

    If you are referring to AUS412330 Eric Lee DOYLE RAAF, the unit involved would be No.303 Ferry Training Unit, Talbenny.

    Col.
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    I would have to guess that this was Wellington MP585, 10th April 1943, we mentioned it before on forum:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...0-4-1943/page2

    Crew then:
    Pilot:
    F/O (Nav/Ba) Alan A. PERROTT - 131792;
    WoP F/O V E Mitchell RNZAF - initials confirmed in Flight magazine

    The same Flight magazine lists a number of RAF injured on active service.
    Last edited by dennis_burke; 1st October 2016 at 23:01.
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