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    Default Sgt Frank Craighton Dodd - Pilot - Wellington Z8781 shot down 04.08.1941

    Dear All

    I am researching the life and death of my uncle, Frank Craighton Dodd who was shot down and killed in a raid at Moordeich, near Bremen on 4th August 1941 along with Wing Commander J L H Fletcher, Sgt T A Bridewell and Sgt F Grail. Two of the crew, Sgt R J Alexander and Sgt E S Spong survived and were taken prisoner. I am trying to contact relatives of any of the families to see whether they can provide any more information about my uncle.

    I have ordered my uncle's service records and also applied to the National Archives but if anyone can assist me then please message let me know.

    Many thanks

    Peter Dodd

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    Hi Peter,

    Your uncleís aircraft was shot down by 1.-3./Res Flak Abt 222 and 3./Res Flak Abt 231 and crashed near Moordeich at 01.04hrs.
    This information is from Theo Boitenís Nachtjagd Combat Archive.

    Good luck with your research.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Hello,

    Considerable research has already been conducted into this loss*. Several of the crew (Alexander, Bridewell and Spong), of No.218 Sqn Wellington IC Z8781, were also involved in the crash of No.218 Sqn Wellington IC T2958, on 24/25 April, 1941 (see:BCL2/46).

    * http://aircrewremembered.com/fletcher-john.html

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    Peter,

    I have sent you an email.

    Kind regards

    Steve
    No.218 (Gold Coast) Squadron Association Historian
    No.623 squadron Research

    ~~IN TIME ~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hello,

    Considerable research has already been conducted into this loss*. Several of the crew (Alexander, Bridewell and Spong), of No.218 Sqn Wellington IC Z8781, were also involved in the crash of No.218 Sqn Wellington IC T2958, on 24/25 April, 1941 (see:BCL2/46).

    *http://aircrewremembered.com/fletcher-john.html

    Col.
    Many thanks for your reply, it's much appreciated.

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    Hi John

    Many thanks for your reply and additonal information. Forgive my ignorance of military terminology and abbreviations but are Flak Abt 222 and 231 the 222nd and 231st flak divisions in the German Army? Could you also explain what 1. and 3. refer to?

    Cheers

    Peter

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    Hello again Col. I can't seem to find the report for the crash of T2958 on 24/25 April 1941. Can you send me a link please? I also don't know how to find BCL2/46 on the website. Sorry to be a pain!

    Many thanks

    Peter

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    Hi Peter,

    The full title is schwere Flak Abteilung 222 and the 1 & 3 are units in the section. If you do a google search you will get a detailed breakdown of each unit. Iím not sure if they were Wehrmacht or Luftwaffe. 222 was stationed at Bremen in WWII.

    Regards,

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    Peter,

    Firstly, BCL2/46 is not a web site, it is a reference to a book:

    Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War. Volume 2. 1941
    Chorley,W.R.
    Earl Shilton:Midland Counties Publications,1993.
    p.46.

    Bill Chorley's books are the standard references for all Bomber Command losses in WWII.

    Steve Smith's message should set you right on other details

    Probably easy for you if I just give you the details:

    24-25 April 1941
    No.218 Sqn
    Wellington IC T2958:HA-T
    Op: Kiel.

    Take-off 0003 Marham. Crashed 0318 into trees just beyond the airfield while making a second attempt at landing. The Wellington came down in a field at Barton Bendish, 7 miles WSW of Swaffham, Norfolk.

    Sgt E J Chidgey
    Sgt H G Huckle
    Sgt R J Alexander
    Sgt T A E Bridewell
    Sgt Spilsbury
    Sgt E S Spong

    Col
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Williams View Post
    Hi Peter,

    The full title is schwere Flak Abteilung 222 and the 1 & 3 are units in the section. If you do a google search you will get a detailed breakdown of each unit. Iím not sure if they were Wehrmacht or Luftwaffe. 222 was stationed at Bremen in WWII.

    Regards,

    John.
    Many thanks John, that's very helpful.

    Peter

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