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    Hi All

    Anyone got any information on this Wellington which ditched off Shetland 9.11.42?
    I have 179 Sqn ? anyone have a crew list?

    thanks in advance

    Kevin

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    P/O D Fraser RCAF
    Sgt Thompson
    F/Sgt Davies
    Sgt F V Smith
    Sgt J P McGrath RCAF
    Sgt Hutchinson

    Took off for a patrol but failed to return when and an engine cut in position XJDE 1210 and the Wellington was ditched 2 miles west of Vaila, Shetland, in position 60 11 42.8N 001 35 58.5W. At Walls four men manned a motor boat and put out, but they only found pieces of wreckage. The Aith motor life-boat was also launched, but found nothing. Of the six crew, four drifted ashore, in the darkness, in their dinghy, one went down with the aeroplane and the sixth was washed ashore dead. Sgt Smith is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial and Sgt McGrath from Edmonton, Alberta, rests in Wick Cemetery, Caithness.

    The wreckage of this aircraft has been identified by divers and lies in deep water in the position listed.

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    Wow Ross that was quick !! thank you ! will plot it out on the chart !

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    Default Wellington HX732 off Shetland

    Hi Ross,

    Thanks for helping Kevin and I out with this one, only found it tonight while looking up the other Wimpy from Limavady HX735.

    Are we right in saying it was 179 Sq? I see they were based at Gibraltar,but had been formed from 172 at Wick, did they still have a detachment at Wick at the time of the loss?

    Regards.
    Dave
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    Hi Dave,

    The remaining details are:

    08/11/42

    179 Sqn

    Coded E, Op: Flora P Patrol, RAF Skitten, Time up 16:59 hrs.

    To complete the story:

    FLORA P
    6045N 0220W
    6452N 0740W
    6444N 0812W
    6044N 0224W

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    Hi Ross could I ask where you got the position for the wellington? In plotted the position and its only a few hundred yards offshore? would be great it it is there !!

    all the best

    Kevin

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    F/Sgt McGrath's body was washed up at Gruting on 9 November 1942.

    179 Sqn lost another a/c on this date, HX776/B on a Flora B patrol. It reported being attacked by a trawlwe and "SOS - controls gone" c.18:15 and crashed in the sea about 95 mls NW of the Shetlands. P/O R H Bramwell and 5 crew missing. Same a/c had sunk U-412 on 22 October 1942, 190 mls N of the Shetlands (F/S A D Martin).

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    Ok, changed the Lat/long from osgb to wgs84 (with help from Glynis :o) ) and got a position 60 11.681N 01 36 .088W which is only 0.07 miles from land, a long way inshore from the reported 2 miles? Ross do you remember where you got the dive report from?

    cheers

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    Hi Kevin,

    Looked back through the files but could not find the letter just yet.

    The dive report was a copied letter from Kendall in the 1980s and related to a BSAC club report. No names of reporters and gave a NG reference rather than Lat/Long.

    If I recall correctly it was a slightly expanded version than that in the Dive Scotland book.

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    Hi Ross Thanks for looking, I have seen the bit in Dive Scotland but you added a fair bit more than Gordon did, position for starters :o) I would imagine that ''Deep'' in the 1980s would have been of 40 meters which matchthe charted depth of the Lat/Long you added. Two miles off is 90 odd meters which is deep !!
    Was that Kendall MacDonald??

    all the best

    Kevin

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