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    Default 21 O.T.U. Wellington incident, May 24th 1944

    Hello everyone

    The R.A.F. Morpeth O.R.B. has the following entry for May 24th 1944:

    WELLINGTON aircraft (RAF Moreton-in-the-Marsh) force landed near BLYTH at approximately 1300 Hrs. Crew:
    417914 F/Sgt WATSON D. H. [sic - Dugald John Watson R.A.A.F.]
    418882 F/Sgt ROBERTS W. [service number incorrect? Closest I could find was 424882 William Frederick Roberts R.A.A.F.]
    434084 F/Sgt FERGUSON W. [William George Ferguson R.A.A.F.]
    1622411 Sgt. MACKAY D. [Douglas Charles Mackay]
    429059 F/Sgt. WRIGHT W. [sic - Noel Henry Wright R.A.A.F.]
    430471 F/Sgt ROBB J. [James Little Robb R.A.A.F.]
    All uninjured and able to return to unit by Air.


    Does anyone have the Moreton-in-Marsh O.R.B. and could possibly ID this Wellington? Both Ferguson's and Wright's R.A.A.F. records show they were at 21 O.T.U. at the time, so possibly the 21 O.T.U. O.R.B. too?

    I assume it was undamaged and they flew it back - no entry in BCL as far as I can see?

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 11th October 2019 at 10:22. Reason: possible ID for Roberts

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    Hi Simon

    According to 21 OTU's ORB it was LP384 and the damage was Cat B. It suffered a starboard engine failure and doesn't sound as though it was flown back.

    Malcolm

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    Thank you Malcolm, much appreciated. Does it give any further info on the location of the forced-landing?

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    Hi Simon

    I just states that it 'crash landed' no location of any sort given.

    Cheers

    Malcolm

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    Okay, thanks for checking again Malcolm.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Simon

    The entry in the ORB is not too clear (it could be 384 or 364) and on checking A-B's Serial Register, LP384 was sent to the Middle East and never served with 21 OTU, however LP364 did serve with 21 OTU then with 2 AGS and 11 AGS before becoming 5995M. This would fit with the aircraft in question being Cat B and repaired.

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    Hello Malcolm

    Thank you for the clarification on the serial.

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    Simon

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