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    Does anybody have a comprehensive losses list for this station?
    I have the following losses in my records:

    206 Squadron (based Aug 1942 to Oct 1943)
    6 October 1942 - B17 Flying Fortress IIA (FL454) crashed on take off - 5 killed/2 injured.
    14 December 1942 - B17 Flying Fortress IIA (FL453) did not return from a/s patrol - 7 lost.

    36 Squadron (based Mar 1945 to Jun 1945)
    8 March 1945 - Vickers Wellington XIII (LB915) believed lost in The Minch flying up from Chivenor - 6 crew+2 pasengers lost.

    I have individual particulars for the personnel lost.

    OTHER SQUADRONS
    220 Squadron with Fortresses was based there from March to October 1943; 179 Squadron with Wellingtons was based there from September to October 1944 and 304 (Polish) was based from September 1944 to March 1945. I do not seem to have recorded the aircraft type flown by 304. Two FAA Squadrons were based at Benbecula briefly but I do not have details of which ones and when.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm,
    Go to www.rafweb.org and Benbecula in the Stations list. There's some more info there.
    Rgds
    Peter Davies

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    Hi Malcolm
    The site recommended by Peter Davies will also give the 304 Sqn A/c if you look under Sqns Flying
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    Dick

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    Please Malcolm could you give me the names of the casualties on Wellington LB915 ?
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    H Malcolm,

    Hudson AM805, 28/07/42

    Fortress FA704, 11/06/43

    Swordfish NF236, 28/09/44

    To add to your Benbecula Fortress losses listed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henk Welting View Post
    Please Malcolm could you give me the names of the casualties on Wellington LB915 ?
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Regards,
    Henk.
    Malcolm,
    LB915 was never allotted to any aircraft ! Please advise.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henk Welting View Post
    Malcolm,
    LB915 was never allotted to any aircraft ! Please advise.
    Regards,
    Henk.
    Malcolm, ignore my request for info on crew and passengers. Have all names on file and the correct serial of the 36 Sqn Wellington was "NB" 915 instead of LB915.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Hi Henk

    I am baffled by the number - I cannot give any explanation as the information was passed to me as LB915. The Squadron letter 'V' that I have just found may help with identification.

    The service personnel lost were:
    W/O JE Betton RAF 1437254
    Sgt DB Godden RAFVR 1860705
    F/Sgt GR Archbold RAFVR 1673070
    Sgt AM Forbes RAFVR 1822645
    Sgt SME Fraser RAFVR 1591308
    Sgt WTH Lowman RAFVR 1890349
    Sgt WG Anderson RCAF R/102125 (Radar Technician/Passenger)
    LACW JP Metherell WAAF 2069401 (Passenger)

    Thanks to all that replied with help.
    Ross, were there any casualties on the three aircraft you listed or were they crash right-offs/came down in the sea with no casualties? The FAA a/c would almost certainly have been 842 Squadron that was operational at Benbecula Sep-Nov 1944 (I found the missing details - 838 was there briefly in 1944).

    Malcolm

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    AM805

    F/Sgt W A L Ireland
    Sgt R J Edgar RCAF
    Sgt R North
    Sgt C P Jenkins RAAF

    All commemorated on Runnymede Memorial.

    FA704

    W/C R B Thomson DSO
    F/Sgt A F Chisnall
    F/L J F Clark
    F/O J L Humphreys
    Sgt F Sweetlove
    Sgt R H Senior
    Sgt R Owens
    F/L Barrett

    All rescued safe.

    842 Sqn Swordfish

    Sub/Lt W J D Pettigrew RN
    Sub/Lt J E Chilton RN
    PO L K Cox RN

    All killed

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    Thanks a million Ross.

    Kind Regards
    Malcolm Macdonald

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