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    Default RAF aircraft missing over Cardigan Bay 1939-45

    Hi all, so far I came across two missing Wellington over Cardigan Bay or nearby - T2624 (311 Sq) 23. 10. 41, HF198 (304 Sq) 14. 1. 44.
    Is there know any other cases of RAF aircraft lost without a trace in this area?

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    Rather a lot - including several post war piston and jet unmanned target aircraft from Llanbeder.

    Best graphical image is an amalgamation of info from the AHB narrative on Air Sea Rescue which shows the overall picture up to 1946.

    http://blogs.wessexarch.co.uk/aircra...sea_report.pdf

    Fast forward to page 166

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    Hi Ross,

    many thanks for your prompt reply and link to very interesting source.

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    HX384 (NZ-L) 12th August 1942 304 Squadron

    On the way to an anti-submarine sweep, this aircraft was struck by ferocious cross winds and failed to take off. It was blown over the edge of the cliffs by the runway at RAF Dale and the entire crew were killed. They were: F/Lt Ludwik Maslanka, F/O Tadeusz Siuzdak, Sgt Pawel Drozdziok, Sgt Marian Jerzy Modrzewski, Sgt Michal Omieljaszko and Sgt Stanislaw Rudolf Wojtowicz.

    The wreckage was found on 21st September 1991 by divers from the Llantrisant Sub Aqua Club. Subsequently machine guns and propellers were recovered and restored; one of each is now on display at the ATC museum, Abergavenny, South Wales. A similar set was donated to the Polish people in a ceremony aboard the sailing ship Iskra on 15th July 1993, which was attended by members of the Polish Military and War Veterans Association. The vessel was docked at Newcastle upon Tyne for the Tall Ships Race. These relics are now housed in the Military Museum in Warsaw.

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    Z1172 (NZ-V) 20th August 1942 304 Squadron

    This aircraft took off from RAF Dale and shortly afterwards crashed into the sea near South Stack lighthouse, Trearddur Bay, Anglesey. The reason for the crash is unknown. All the crew died. They were: F/O Leszek Teofil Wasilewski, P/O Antoni Aleksy Zielinski, Sgt Grzegorz Piotr Gramiak, Sgt Ryszard Jarno, Sgt Ludwik Ruszel and Sgt Antoni Tycholis. Three of the bodies were picked up the same day, two more were picked up separately two weeks later and Sgt Gramiak's body washed ashore at Blackpool two days short of nine weeks later.

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    R1704 (NZ-P) 15th October 1942 304 Squadron

    This Wellington crashed during low flying exercises over the sea near Ramsey Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales. The only crew were the two pilots and both were killed. They were: F/O Tadeusz Skierkowski and F/O Adam Schultz.

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    Neville, many thanks for additional cases, much appreciated.

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