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    Default Wellington loss 12 August 1942. West Africa

    Would like to discover more relating to the following incident of 12 August 1942 as my reference material does not cover this area.

    I have it that Commandant Louis Delfino serving with a Vichy French Unit flying out of Dakar, Vichy West Africa, shot down a Wellington on this date.

    Does anyone have the details relating to this incident? Such as aircraft ID and crew list.

    Any help would be appreciated

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    Peter

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    Peter,
    From RAF Bomber Losses Middle East,
    12th Aug 42.
    Wellington W5565, 1 OADU, Took off from Gibralter for flight to Bathurst, ditched off French West Africa after attack by French fighters, the two dead airmen went down with the aircraft.
    P/O A.B. Kidson Int.
    P/O W.R. Simpson, kia.
    P/O E.O. Hampshire, Int.
    Sgt T.S. Woodley, Int.
    Sgt E.W. Draper, kia.
    Sgt L.C. Neave, Int.

    Wellington HF882, Took off from Gibralter for Bathurst, failed to arrive, no information on cause of loss.

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    Many thanks Alan. I do have that book but for the life of me I didn't find the entry, must visit the opticians.

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    Peter

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