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    Default Wellington T2706 & T2844 accidents in 1941

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask if anybody can provide me more details about accidents of following Wellingtons.
    I have already infromation from A-B RAF Serial book but I am looking for more details:

    17.04.41 T2706 3 PRU (was it during an operational sortie?)
    26.10.41 T2844 23 OTU

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Hello,

    Re: No.3 PRU Wellington T2706 - Definitely ops:

    Immediately after this sortie (5/6 April, 1941 - Kiel), Flt Lt R P Elliott's* aircraft was fitted , amidst the utmost secrecy, with an experimental Canadian cine camera. On 16 April, Elliott and his full crew, together with W/Cdr Bennett**, a Canadian photo specialist who was to supervise the operation of the cine camera, took off from Oakington at 23.50 hrs and set course for Bremen. Unable to find the target due to ground haze, they attacked a dummy aerodrome to the south-west. As they turned for home the starboard engine suddenly caught fire, five miles before they crossed the enemy coast. What happened next is best described by Brian Beecroft:

    "The experience of night flying with an engine on fire is quite a hairy happening, especially for the rear gunner, Sgt Roy Chandler, who could have made toast from his turret. Luckily we dived, and that coupled with the extinguishers put out the blaze, but our now single Pegasus engine could not maintain height. We threw out every movable object during the 116-mile drag across the North Sea but to no avail. About nine miles off Lowestoft we ditched and clambered into the dinghy. Some four hours later we were found by our CO, Sqn Ldr P B B Ogilvie***, and he was able to direct the trawler HMT River Spey to our rescue."

    The sortie, aptly named BN/13, was the last to be flown by 'B' Flight. The ditched aircraft was replaced by another Wellington but it was only used on two local experimental flights, the Air Ministry having in the meantime decided to transfer the development of night photography to Boscombe Down. Within a matter of weeks the crews had been dispersed, Flt Lt Elliott and his co-pilot, P/O Eric Jackson****, were sent to Benson for conversion to PR Spitfires. They were both to return to 3 PRU in May.

    * 39631 F/L Roy Pryce ELLIOTT RAF (later DSO, DFC*)

    ** C144 W/C Walter Edwin BENNETT RCAF (later MiD)

    *** 36025 S/L Patrick Bruce Bine OGILVIE RAF DSO, (thrice MiD - Missing over North Sea 11-12-1944)

    **** 44194 P/O Eric JACKSON RAF (+ 21-5-1941 3 PRU Tiger Moth AX786 [ex-G-AEXG])

    See:
    Above All Unseen. The Royal Air Force's Photographic Reconnaissance Units 1939-1945.
    Leaf,Edward.
    Sparkford:Patrick Stephens Ltd.,1997.
    pp.47-8

    Col.
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    Great, many thanks Colin!

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