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    Hi
    part way down the article is a photo of AE721, anyone know any details ?

    https://legionmagazine.com/en/2011/1...force-part-47/

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    Hello,
    Just happen to have AB's AA100 -AZ999 to hand,
    Says
    AE721 -Lost on delivery flight.
    The BAC & LL book has on page 90
    AE721 Crashed after export.( one of seventeen).
    In Canada.( one of ten AE689; 693; 711; 721; 725; 729; 763; 793; 862; 890).
    Four others( AE740; 747; 803; 917 ) en route to UK, three more ( AE761; 766; 906 ) en route to South Africa.

    Alex

    PS
    AE729 date was 26th October '42, so I expect AE721 would have been in the same time period.
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 3rd August 2018 at 23:35.

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    Hi Alex
    thanks for the info
    cheers
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    Hello Jerry,
    Just a thought, the a/c has a large outer Yellow ring marking on the roundel, would it still have been on a/c in late 1942, even in Canada ?
    Alex

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    Alex:

    i have a photo that includes a Hudson on delivery to the UK taken in late August 1942 with equal-banded roundels and fin flashes. Come to think of it, I don't believe I have ever seen a photo of a Hudson or Ventura on delivery that had anything but.

    Speculating, but perhaps continued use of early markings was a Lockheed practice, knowing that they were soon winding down deliveries to the UK.

    I don't know AE721's history but it's also a possibility that it spent a period of time at Dorval, either waiting for a ferry crew or having been temporarily assigned to 45 Group for training or other duties.

    Robert

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    Ferry Command Ventura AE721 was doing the "milk run" to Goose Bay on 6 June 1942 when it force landed at Cartwright, Labrador. The a/c carried cargo (which apparently they jettisoned), and eight members of the New Brunswick Rangers for defence duties at Goose Bay. No injuries to crew or passengers, but the a/c ended up in several feet of water.

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    Thank you Darrell,
    Thanks for the extra history of this Hudson and for the story behind the picture.
    Alex

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    You're welcome Alex.

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