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    Default Wellington crash July 30th 1943 near RAF Chedburgh

    Hi,

    Trying to ID a Wellington that crashed near RAF Chedburgh between 0117hrs - 0130hrs July 30th 1943. The Station Fire and Ambulance Tenders were sent but the crew was reported 'Safe'.

    Any ideas please.

    Chaz

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    Default Re: Wellington crash July 30th 1943 near RAF Chedburgh

    The flying control log shows: “ 01.18 Wellington Z??7 of 23 OTU on a Bullseye crashed in a field east of Ched., starboard engine caught fire - crew OK.”

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    Default Re: Wellington crash July 30th 1943 near RAF Chedburgh

    David,

    Belated thanks. Just trying to narrow done the aircraft and crew now.

    Chaz

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    Default Re: Wellington crash July 30th 1943 near RAF Chedburgh

    Hi Chaz, as AM Form 1180 for Wellington for the particular period are not available online and I have not also 23 OTU ORB I have made a quick glance through the AM Forms 78 using information we have: a Wellington Zxxxx serving with 23 OTU in July 1943 having a record about damage/repair on 30.7.43 and shortly afterwards. Here are my results:

    Z1040 - Z1109 - none

    Z1110 - Z1216 - none

    Z1217 - Z1316 - none

    Z1316 - Z1407 - none

    Z1408 - Z1568 - none

    Z1569 - Z1662
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    Z1648 - 29.3.43 23 OTU, 1.8.43 repaired on site, 7.8.43 23 OTU

    Z1663 - Z8331
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    Z1688 - 23.1.43 23 OTU, 19.7.43 repaired on site, 24.7.43 23 OTU, 1.9.43 repaired on site, 18.9.43 23 OTU
    Z1690 - 28.1.43 23 OTU, 11.3.43 repaired on site, 27.3.43 23 OTU, 11.4.43 repaired on site, 8.5.43 23 OTU, 25.6.43 repaired on site, 3.7.43 23 OTU, 7.8.43 repaired on site, 4.9.43 23 OTU
    Z1726 - 28.4.343 23 OTU, 21.7.43 repaired on site, 24.7.43 23 OTU, 9.1.44 repaired on site, 15.1.44 23 OTU
    Z1736 - 21.9.42 23 OTU, 16.7.43 repaired on site, 17.7.43 23 OTU, 21.8.43 repaired on site, ? 23 OTU
    Z1737 - 18.9.42 23 OTU, 2.1.43 Cat AC, 9.1.43 23 OTU, 8.3.43 Cat AC, ? 23 OTU, 9.4./24.4. Cat B - not returned to 23 OTU - so fits only by serial
    Z1739 - 30.9.42 23 OTU, 13.1.43Cat AC , 30.1.43 23 OTU, 3.3.43 Cat AC, 8.5.43 23 OTU, 7.8.43 repaired on site, 14.8.43 23 OTU
    Z1749 - 5.8.42 23 OTU, 17.9.42 Cat AC, 26.9.42 23 OTU, 14.12.42 Cat AC, ? 23 OTU, 11.7.43 repaired on site, 17.7.43 23 OTU, 10.11.43 repaired on site, 18.11.43 23 OTU

    Z8332 - Z8428 - none

    Z8429 - Z8585 - none

    Z8586 - Z8776 - none

    Z8777 - Z8862 - none

    Z8863 - Z8974 - none

    Z8975 - Z9114 - none

    But as the serial is not clear if it should be Z???7 or ?Z??7 my search and also possible candidates may be totally wrong.

    HTH

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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