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    Default No.38 Sqn - 14/15-7-1941

    Hello All,

    Need some help with this No.38 Sqn loss.

    On the night of 14/15 July, 1941, Wellington IC ( ? ) was briefed to mine Benghazi Harbour. The aircraft's port engine was hit by flak, causing it to belly-land on a salt pan. After 5 days in the desert, some of the crew were rounded up and became POWs.

    The crew were:-

    AUS402111 Sgt (Pilot) Thomas Benjamin COMINS RAAF POW
    AUS402019 F/L Alexander MACKAY RAAF POW
    40480 F/L Peter Armstrong OSTLE POW
    82202 P/O Herbert MANN ?
    970575 Sgt J A CANNING ?
    970182 Sgt A D WATT ?

    No mention of this loss in BLME1. (Possibly due to Mining, as distinct, from Bombing)

    Mackay's undigitised A705 (NAA: A705 166/26/661), identifies the Wellington as: CP-2840!

    Can anyone provide a plausible serial?

    Col.

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    G'day Col

    The only Mk. IC with the last four digits 2840 that I can find is s/n T2840. The squadron had s/n T2839 coded NH-Q, so it's quite possible that when the squadron received their Mk. IC's they were sequential and included your aircraft. As for the CP, it's anyone's guess.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Hello Chris,

    Apparently IC T2840, never left the UK., being lost with 105 OTU on 23-11-1943.

    The search contines.

    Col.

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    Hello,

    Subsequent research has shown that the serial number of Sgt Comins' Wellington IC, was T2849.

    Col.

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    Thanks for this, Col. I now have four additional 38 Squadron losses to add for the period July -September 1941, three of them for July. The ORB is poor for this period.

    David

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