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    Default Wellington W5433 12.8.41

    Dear Gentlemen,

    this bomber was successfully abandoned as the port engine had failed.

    I'm looking for further details about the crash area of this a/c.

    kind regards

    Steve

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    Hi Steve,

    unfortunately the RAF serials have not the exact location:

    Abandoned over Netherlands returning from Berlin.

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

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    PoW-Questionnaire may have an answer; the serial is NOT listed in "Aircraft crashes the Netherlands 1939-1945".
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Dear Henk, dear Pavel,

    thanks a lot for your help!

    kind regards

    Steve

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    Default Crash site for 104 squadron Wellington W5433

    This aircraft crashed at 0430 12.8.41 returning from a raid on Berlin. As it crossed the English coast on return at Flanborough both engines cut and the pilot crash-landed in a field near Baynton. The Wellington hit a concrete post and broke its back. The rear gunner was slightly injured in the foot. A lucky crew.

    I have been researching the 2nd Pilot NZ402864 P/O (later F/L) John George GREY (DFC and bar) RNZAF, who was one of the crew. Capt was Sgt Matthews RAF, Air Obs (Nav) Sgt Caudrey, W/Op Sgt Covey, 2nd W/Op Sgt Henderson, Rear Gunner Sgt Sanderson. This was Grey's first op and what an op it was... a trip to the "Big City" and a crash-landing! He went on to become captain of is own Wellington and crew on only his 5th op. He flew about 85 ops 27 on 104, the balance on 139 (Mosquito) and 627 (Pathfinder, Mosquito) Squadron. Quite a war.

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    Hi Steve,

    I might be able to help with your inquiry, in case you are still looking for more information on W5433..

    Regards,

    Pieter

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