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    Hello,
    Seeking details of crew of a Wellington lost on 29/30th June, 1944.
    150 Sqdn.
    JA191
    Three crew killed were - Horn, Varcoe and Parnaby.
    Who were the other two ?
    Did they become POW's ?
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    Hello,

    1801688 Sgt (Pilot) Robert Sinclair Forsyth HORN +
    139945 Sgt (Nav.) J. A GOOD - PoW
    1432075 Sgt (Bomb Aimer) G. M. PEARCE - PoW
    1322738 Sgt (W.Op/Air Gnr.) Harry Thomas VARCOE +
    1604548 Sgt (Rear Gnr.) Roy Ernest George PARNABY +

    Col.

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    Hello,

    The aircraft serial number must be LN191. Have checked in my old "Bruce Robertson" book.

    I have the aircraft on 30 June 1944, crashed 0015 at Saugraben 3 km SE of Wienerbruck, community Annaberg, Austria. Source "Luftgaukommando".

    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    Hello,
    Col, thank you for the extra names and service numbers, I had thought they would turn out to be POW's.
    Hello Finn,
    I have looked again at the serial number, JA or LN ??
    There was NO LN number between LN189 and LN221.
    Also in the AirBrit JA100-JZ999 ,
    JA191 - 311 FTU/ 1 OADU /150 - Missing ( Feuersbrunn) 30.6.44.
    So I will stand by JA191.
    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 1st September 2017 at 23:13.

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    Alex,

    A little more background on the raid.

    Fifty-eight Wellingtons, twelve Liberators and eight Halifaxes were sent to Feuersbrunn* on 29/30 June (1944) with the same object. They were to destroy aircraft on the ground and render the landing ground unserviceable, so that the enemy fighters would be prevented from attacking the USAAF bombers expected to be operating in the area the following day. Illumination was rather scattered, but most crews claimed to have identified the target visually and there was a good concentration of bombing on the northern dispersal area. A direct hit was claimed on a hangar at the north-east corner of the airfield, and several small fires seen around the airfield were thought to be aircraft burning.

    * The actual airfield attacked, was probably, Fels am Wagram, Austria.

    See:
    Bombers Over Sand And Snow:205 Group RAF in World War II.
    Granfield,Alun.
    Barnsley:Pen & Sword Aviation,2011.
    p.274.

    and...

    Appendix II - Bombing, Mining and Supply Operations Carried Out By No. 205 Group, MASAF February 1944-May 1945.

    Date: 29/30.6.44
    Target: Feuersbrunn Airfield
    Aircraft Dispatched: 78
    MIA: 2
    Crashed: -

    See:
    Out Of The Italian Night:Wellington Bomber Operations 1944-45
    Lihou,Maurice G.
    Shrewsbury:Airlife Classic,2003.
    pp.183 & 187

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 3rd September 2017 at 01:32.

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    Hello Alex,

    You are correct. A Wellington Mk X between 185-194.

    Regards

    Finn Buch

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