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    Default 104 squadron loss - 18 Jan 1944 - searching for details of target, cause etc

    Hi,
    I am trying to find out the cause of the loss of a Wellington from 104 sqn in Italy in Jan 1944

    Crew details are not to Clear but all are KIA and buried in Bari CWGC

    417134 F/Sgt W J Thomas RAAF
    15835 F/Sgt D H Morrissey RAAF
    133766 F/O A D Bull RAFVR (Nav)
    1034044 Sgt F R Hughes RAFVR (A/B)
    1321312 Sgt W J Frewin RAFVR (A/G)


    Any info would be greatly appreciated,
    cheers,
    Rick

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    Rick,

    From "Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean Vol 2 1943-45" by Gunby and Temple (pg 95)

    Wellington X HE829 "V" 18/19 January 1944 Op: Senigallia

    Crew as listed above.

    T/o 1825, Foggia Main, detailed to attack a bridge at Senigallia. On return struck a hill near San Marco. All are buried in Bari War Cemetery.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Hi Rick,

    Both the two Aussies ( Thomas & Morrissey) crash files are open but not digitised on our Archives site. You can request that they can be digitised but it costs about $70 Ausd.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Thanks Guys, much appreciated - can you confirm the crew positions of the two RAAF (Pilot & W/OpAG?)
    cheers,
    Rick

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    Hi Rick,

    I can confirm Morrissey was the W/Op getting his badge on 12 November 1942. His service file is digitised on our Archives site, use his service number in keywords box to look at his file. Thomas service is marked ‘not yet examined ‘.

    Cheers,

    John.

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