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    Default No.150 Sqn Crash-landing - 13/14-4-1943

    Hello,

    Seeking serial of No.150 Squadron Wellington which was crash-landed in Algeria on 13/14-4-1943, by R/133390 Sgt (Pilot) John Campbell LECKIE RCAF.

    I am aware of the fate of Sgt Leckie.

    Thanks,

    Col.
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    Col,
    Only can find Wellington X HE537 of "70 Sqn" forced landed 13-4-1943 in the desert.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    70 Sqn's HE537 was lost on the night of 13/14 April 1943, but not by a forced landing in the desert. It was hit by flak and exploded over the target, the Landing Ground at Korba South.

    I have no record of a 150 Sqn forced landing in the desert on that night.

    David

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    Default Sgt Leckie, forced landing.

    The 150 Sqn forced landing was on the night of 11/12 April 1943. The 150 Sqn Wellington III was HZ189.

    David

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    Hello Henk/David,

    I obtained my loss date from the following book:

    Against The Odds:Escapes & Evasions by Allied Airmen. World War II
    Adams,Murray (ed.)
    Tuggeranong(ACT):R.A.F.E.S.(Aust. Branch),1995
    pp.85-6

    Briefly, it states - On 14 April 1943, his crew (Hewitt's*), took off from Blida to carry out a low-level night bombing on the docks of Tunis, the port of entry for German war supplies. The aircraft was hit by flak and badly damaged so the order to bale out was given and Neville (Hewitt) was the last to go, except for the captain who elected to crash land. The other crew members all came down on the Allied side of the battle line but Neville parachuted into no-man's-land.

    *AUS414561 Sgt Neville Thomas Eric HEWITT RAAF.

    I'm with you David. Fighters Over Tunisia (p.307), confirms a 150 Sqn Wellington being hit by flak on 11/12-4-1943 over Enfidaville, and crash-landing.

    Tentatively, I have the following (partial) crew:

    R/133390 Sgt (Pilot) John Campbell LECKIE RCAF (+ 30-4-1943 - 150 Sqn. - DFM)
    134337 P/O (Nav.) James Dobie AITCHISON RAFVR (+ 30-4-1943 - 150 Sq. - DFC)
    1334863 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Maurice Thomas DILWORTH RAFVR (+ 30-4-1943 - 150 Sqn.)
    ---?--- - ---?--- - ---?---**
    AUS414561 Sgt (Air/Gnr.-rear) Neville Thomas Eric HEWITT RAAF (later MM)

    **
    The fourth crew member, could be one of the following:

    AUS413659 Sgt (A./Bdr.) Keith Alexander PRICE RAAF (+ 30-4-1943 - 150 Sqn.)

    or

    1457568 Sgt (Air Gnr.) George Thomas POWELL RAFVR (+ 30-4-1943 - 150 Sqn.)

    Slowly, starting to unravel!

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 3rd January 2010 at 23:51.

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