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    Hi,

    On March 18th 1941 three Wellingtons took off from RAF Stradishall to carry out the first non-stop flight to Benina, Libya. Only two completed the flight.

    Looking for details on the Wellington that failed to reach its destination.

    TIA

    Steve
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    Steve,

    From David Gunby's "Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean, Vol 1" pg 47

    18-19 March 1941 3 Group Training Flight Wellington IC W5630 Crew Five RAF and one RNZAF.(all POW)

    Took off 1948, Stradishall, to fly directly to Benina. Encountered cloud over N African coast and with the radio u/s was unable to get a QDM.
    Hit by flak and landed in enemy held territory. The crew, ex No. 9 Sqn, set fire to the aircraft.

    Chaz Bowyer's "Wellington at War" has a detailed account of this loss.

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Steve/Dave/?.
    Anybody got the route details?
    TIA
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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