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    Hi,

    Can anyone please tell me the cause of loss to Wellington BB514 of No.215 Squadron on June 10th 1942 over India.

    Thank you.

    Steve
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    Steve,
    RAFWEB (for which, mni tks) to yr rescue!
    10 Jul 1942
    Plt Off GREGORY, GERALD ROSS (400321) RAAF - age 26
    Sgt McLEAN, ALAN MAXWELL (402387) RAAF - age 23
    Sgt BENSTED, LIONEL MAURICE (404428) RAAF - age 28
    Sgt HONEYMAN, ARCHIBALD COWEN (404549) RAAF - age 27
    Sgt HILL, GEORGE (946109) RAFVR - age 28
    Sgt FULLER, BERT LAWRENCE GEORGE (1377586) RAFVR - age 31
    They were killed whilst flying in Wellington IC, BB514 of No 215 Sqn, which exploded in the air near Ghafargoan (GE 24.416700 90.550000) in (then) India (now Bangladesh). They are commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. The Strines may have more info on why no recognisable burials for an over land incident?
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    Peter

    Gregory's R.A.A.F. files on the NAA.gov.au website include a letter to his father dated September 1948 which informs him that the crew were buried near the crash site, which was 4 miles south east of Ghafargoan, but that no trace could be found by the Graves Registration Service.

    It mentions that the area is very remote and is prone to flooding, and that "it is reluctantly concluded that nothing more definite will now be received."

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    Simon,
    I reckoned 3 miles south of Ghafargoan - but that's nit-picking!
    What has not, possibly, been recognised enough was that these Grave Registration Teams went, repeatedly, into the worst areas and were dealing, on a daily basis, with horrific finds. I hope the teams were rotated often! Not one of the jobs, I have to admit, that I would have volunteered for when in HMQ's uniform!!
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    Thanks gents,

    I had looked at the RAAF files on the NAA website. However I could not find the circumstances surrounding the crash. Three of the crew were ex 218 and survived a ditching off the Dorset coast in Oct 1941.

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    Steve,

    You will find a bit more on the loss of 215 Sqn Wellington BB514, here:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?qnum=97907

    Re: BCL2/157, see also: http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...y=&qmem=&cur=0

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    Hi Col,

    Thank you. I recently copied the Air81 for the ditching, interesting reading.

    Kind regards

    Steve
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