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    Default 215 Sqn Wellington - 26-11-1943

    Hello,

    Some confusion in records. Could someone with access to the latest HA100 to HZ999 AB Volume, please provide me with the service history/fate of Wellington X HE709, and HE907.

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    Col.

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    Col,
    HE709 - 310 FTU, 3 OADU, 215 Sqn - Hit trees on approach, Jessore, 26-11-43.
    HE907 - 303 FTU, 301 FTU, 1 FU, 310 FTU, 303 FTU, 105 OTU - sold for scrap 30-12-49.
    I'm not sure if my copy is the latest. (Published 1989).
    Ian

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    Hi Ian,

    Thanks for that. HE709 is the aircraft l'm after, loss description fits perfectly.

    Appreciate your help.

    26-11-1943
    No.215 Sqn.
    Wellington X HE709

    Hit trees on approach. Jessore, India.

    Crew (Alpha order):

    111770 F/Lt (Pilot) Lionel Richard COWLING RAFVR + (DOWOIRIA)
    1415518 F/Sgt (Air Bomber) Frederick James FLETCHER RAFVR + (KIA)
    1183262 Sgt ( - ? - ) C W PEMBERTON - Injured
    AUS412835 Sgt ( - ? - ) John Edward PRITCHARD RAAF - Injured
    126656 F/O ( - ? - ) William John ROGERS RAFVR - Injured
    AUS411567 W/O ( - ? - ) John William STEVENS RAAF - Injured

    Cowling and Fletcher both buried Chittagong War Cemetery.

    See: Air War For Burma/Shores. p.117

    Col.
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    Default Re: 215 Sqn Wellington - 26-11-1943

    Hello,

    In light of further information coming to hand, feel obliged to publish a revised crew listing for No.215 Sqn, Wellington X HE709:

    26-11-1943
    No.215 Squadron
    Wellington X HE709

    Hit trees 0025, after flare dropping op, on approach, Jessore, India.

    111770 F/O (Capt./Pilot) Lionel Richard COWLING RAFVR + (DOWOIRIA)
    125656 F/O (Nav./B) William John Rogers RAFVR - Slightly Injured
    1415518 Sgt (Air Bomber [Front Gnr.]) Frederick James FLETCHER RAFVR +
    AUS411567 W/O (W.Op/Air Gnr.) John William STEVENS RAAF - Slightly Injured
    AUS412835 Sgt (Air Gnr. [Rear Gnr.]) John Edward PRITCHARD RAAF - Slightly Injured
    1183262 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Charles William PEMBERTON RAFVR - Slightly Injured.

    https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/Sear...aspx?B=1078631

    Col.

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