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    Default Wellington W5644 & attn Peter Davies & Jerry Murland

    I have received the following email message from Helen Humphreys (hhumphreys AT sympatico.ca) which may be of interest (Wellington W5644 was shot down over the Mediterranean on 16 March 1941).

    Errol.

    Group Captain Humphreys is my grandfather. My father was his eldest son and we have been looking for details as to how he died for a long time. I know that the plane was shot down by Muncheberg, but your email [a reference to the post of mine on an RAF Commands thread - see below] is the first time I have ever seen a reference to the crew getting into a dinghy. Do you have any more information about that -- how many men were in the dinghy, etc. etc.? It would make a big difference to my father to know if his father was last seen alive, or perished with the plane. Also, I have been trying to find a way to get a message to Peter Davies and Jerry Murland, who have posted emails on RAF Commands wondering about why Group Captain Humphreys was on the Wellington, since he was traveling as a passenger. If you have their emails, or could post this message to them through RAF Commands, I would appreciate it. This is what I know, based on family information, about why my grandfather was on that flight:

    I don't know if the plane was meant to continue on to the Middle East, but my grandfather's destination was Malta. He was meant to take command of an air base there. The mission was a secret one, although I'm not sure why, and my grandfather (who was 45 at the time he was killed and was due for retirement -- he had flown as a pilot in both wars) was asked to do this one last mission before he retired from flying and finished out the war on the ground.

    If anyone is interested, I have other information about him. We have accessed his personnel records from the RAF, and we have photos, letters, etc. etc.
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    My RAF Commands post was:

    Jerry,

    Further to Chris's post, I can confirm that the names he lists
    were the crew of W5644. The passenger was Gp Capt D d'H Humphreys.

    The aircraft was from No.3 Group Training Flight, based at
    Stradishall and at the time training crews for the Middle East.

    It was one of three Wellingtons that took off from Gibraltar
    between 2027 an 2039. At 0545 GMT from direction 300 degrees it
    reported 'am being attacked'.

    According to the forthcoming volume on RAF Bomber Losses in the
    Middle East by Gunby and Temple, the aircraft was 'shot down by Oblt
    Muncheberg of 7/JG26 NW of Gozo. He saw the crew getting into a dinghy
    but they were never found, and were presumed drowned. All are
    commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial."

    Errol

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    Errol
    I've emailed Peter Davies but he may have already seen your post


    Re. the D Gunby & P Temple book: Bomber Losses in the ME /Med Vol 2 .Do you happen to know when it will be available/published to buy in UK ?

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    Last edited by aestorm; 30th October 2008 at 08:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aestorm View Post
    Errol
    I've emailed Peter Davies but he may have already seen your post
    Anne

    Re. the D Gunby & P Temple book: Bomber Losses in the ME /Med Vol 2 .Do you happen to know when it will be available/published to buy in UK ?

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    Anne
    Thanks Anne for emailing Peter.

    I think the book is due for publication sometime late next year.

    Errol

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    Errol

    Thank you
    Anne
    Last edited by aestorm; 30th October 2008 at 21:24.

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