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    Default Wellington lost 24/05/42 during fighter affiliation?

    While trawling gen on 'Joe' Spallin for a relative I came across the following entry in the 609 Form 540 regarding a Wellington loss and was wondering if anyone could come up with any more info regarding the particular a/c and crew please?

    Many thanks in advance

    Mark


    Duxford, May 24th. ..."F/Sgt Spallin, ‘affiliating’ with a Wellington, is somewhat appalled to see one of the latters wings drop off and no-one bale out. Sgt Haddon narrowly missed being in this Wellington at the time."...

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    Mark,

    Appears to have been 1483 Flt Wellington IC T2802.

    Chorley records in his Vol 8:

    T/o Newmarket for fighter affiliation training using cine camera gun, the crew comprising of pilot, wireless operator (attached from 138 Squadron), wireless operator air gunner, an air gunner, three ground staff, an Air Training Corps cadet and an army artillery expert who was attached to 109 Squadron [given your '609' remark could Chorley's 109 be a typo?]. At around 1600, the Wellington's main spar assembly failed outboard of the starboard engine. With a large portion of its wing missing, the bomber spun in near Stanton some 6 miles NE of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Three were buried in Newmarket Cemetery, while Capt White was taken to Brookwood Military Cemetery. The others were claimed by their next of kin. F/S Adderly had flown a tour of operations with 115 Squadron; his DFM had been published on 2 September 1941. It is also noted that F/S Boyle's third Christian name was Ypres.

    F/O M A Coote MID
    Sgt R S Holden
    F/S J G Y Boyle MID
    F/S A Adderly DFM
    LAC A W Hughes
    AC1 W G Boyce
    AC1 J Capp
    F/S B V Long ATC
    Capt D R White RA

    Errol

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    Fantastic, thanks Errol, that's perfect.

    There is nothing mentioned in the ORB about an attached artillery expert and CWGC lists Captain White as 109 Squadron too.

    Crew:

    Name: COOTE, MICHAEL ANDEAN
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Age: 25
    Date of Death: 24/05/1942
    Service No: 42804
    Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
    Additional information: Son of Henry Frank and Adrienne Beatrice Coote, of Chatham.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. J. Grave 49.
    Cemetery: CHATHAM CEMETERY

    Name: HOLDEN, ROBERT SAMUEL
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Sergeant (W. Op.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 1483 Technical Training Flight
    Secondary Unit Text: attd. 138 Sqdn.
    Date of Death: 24/05/1942
    Service No: 1133022
    Additional information: Husband of M. Holden, of Bootle, Lancashire.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot P. Grave 432.
    Cemetery: NEWMARKET CEMETERY


    Name: BOYLE, JOHN GEORGE YPRES
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Age: 26
    Date of Death: 24/05/1942
    Service No: 631184
    Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
    Additional information: Son of John George and Rosalie May Boyle, of Cwmbwrla, Swansea.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. C. Grave 2118.
    Cemetery: SWANSEA (CWMGELLY) CEMETERY

    Name: ADDERLY, ALBERT
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant (Air Gnr.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 24/05/1942
    Service No: 544454
    Awards: D F M
    Additional information: Son of Harry and Edith Adderly, of Mill Bank, Wellington.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Grave 1668.
    Cemetery: WELLINGTON GENERAL CEMETERY, Shropshire

    Air Ministry, 2nd September, 1941. ROYAL AIR FORCE: The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallantry displayed in flying operations against the enemy: Distinguished Flying Medal. 544454 Flight Sergeant Albert ADDERLEY, No. 115 Squadron.


    Name: HUGHES, ALFRED WILLIAM
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Leading Aircraftman
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Age: 26
    Date of Death: 24/05/1942
    Service No: 1178083
    Additional information: Son of Alfred W. Hughes and Louise Hughes, of Llandudno Junction, Caernarvonshire; husband of Helen Hughes, of Llandudno Junction.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot 0. Grave 398.
    Cemetery: NEWMARKET CEMETERY

    Name: BOYCE, WILLIAM GILCHRIST
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 138 Sqdn.
    Age: 19
    Date of Death: 24/05/1942
    Service No: 1559614
    Additional information: Son of William and Catherine Boyce, of Glasgow.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. N. Grave 2998.
    Cemetery: GLASGOW WESTERN NECROPOLIS

    Name: CAPP, JOHN
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 1483 Technical Training Flight.
    Secondary Unit Text: attd. 138 Sqdn.
    Age: 19
    Date of Death: 24/05/1942
    Service No: 1394911
    Additional information: Son of Charles and Harriett Capp, of North Heath, Erith.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. L. Grave 265.
    Cemetery: ERITH (BROOK STREET) CEMETERY

    Name: LONG, BRYON VERNON
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flight Sergeant (Cadet)
    Regiment/Service: Air Training Corps
    Unit Text: 104 (Cambridge) Sqdn.
    Age: 17
    Date of Death: 24/05/1942
    Service No: 104
    Additional information: Son of Vernon Worrell Long and Mildred Ethel Rachel Long, of Cambridge.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot P. Grave 416.
    Cemetery: NEWMARKET CEMETERY

    Name: WHITE, DONALD RODERICK
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Captain
    Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery
    Unit Text: 327 Bty., 31 (6th Bn. City of London Regt.) Searchlight Regt.
    Secondary Regiment: Royal Air Force
    Secondary Unit Text: attd. 109 Sqdn.
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 24/05/1942
    Service No: 89769
    Additional information: Son of John C. White and Phyllis C. White, of Purley, Surrey.
    Grave/Memorial Reference: 5. K. 6.
    Cemetery: BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY

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    ADDERLEY, Albert. 544454 Flight Sergeant, No.115 Sqn. (Immediate). London Gazette 2/9/1941. Sorties 43, Flying Hours 280. Air Gunner.

    On the day of 24th July, 1941 Flight Sergeant Adderley was the rear gunner of a Wellington Mk.IC aircraft detailed for an attack on Brest. Just outside the flak barrrage area, his aircraft was attacked by an Me.109 which opened fire at 600 yards range, hitting the armour of the rear turret. Flight Sergeant Adderley returned fire at 300 yards, giving him a long burst to within 50 yards. The enemy aircraft turned off to port and, after one more burst, crashed into the sea out of control. Despite the heavy flak barrage and difficult conditions prevailing Flight Sergeant Adderley displayed the highest possible courage in the face of the enemy attack. Flight Sergeant Adderley has, in all his operational flights, set a very fine example to the other Air Gunners of the unit of courage and devotion to duty. 26th July, 1941.

    Remarks by Station Commander.

    Flight Sergeant Adderley has now carried out 43 operational flights and has always shown the greatest keenness to get at the enemy. His enthusiasm and courage has done much to raise the esprit de corps of the Air Gunners of his flight. Strongly recommended for the immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

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    Hello. Just came across this thread. J G Y Boyle was my uncle. I believe my dad has some sort of flight record book from the plane. Might be a copy.

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