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    Default 76 Otu - 21-9-1944

    Hello,

    Seeking an aircraft (Wellington?), serial/fate, to match up with the following crew:

    21-9-1944
    76 OTU, Aqir.

    700885 Sgt (Pilot) Norman BROOKES RAFVR +
    1616368 Sgt (Nav.) Henry Morris HATELY RAFVR +
    1803898 Sgt (Nav.) Francis Gerald WOODCOCK RAFVR +
    1825728 Sgt (Flt. Engr.) Andrew McDonald McILVEAN RAFVR +
    1608996 Sgt (Air Bomber) Bertram James FOURACRE RAFVR +
    1818852 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Geoffrey Albert ANDREWS RAFVR +
    1079635 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Edward BENNETT RAFVR +
    1431849 Sgt (Air Gnr.) Maxwell Currie GILL RAFVR +

    All buried Heliopolis War Cemetery.

    Any help appreciated,

    Col.
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    Col,

    HF462

    Henk.

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    Henk,

    I thank you for that. Any mention of a cause?

    Col.

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    Col,
    Sorry that I forgot to tell this in my previous message.....perhaps was too busy with other things, like doing research on casualties 1943-1945 in Italy !
    HF462: Control lost during searchlight co-operation; crashed at Midan Ismail Pasha, Cairo.
    Is it possible that so many airmen were on a Wellington ?
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Firstly, Hearty congratulations on completion of another year in your quest.

    Thanks for the additional detail, just what I needed. 76 OTU, despite operating Wellingtons, were working up crews for Liberators, hence the numbers. After completion of their course the crews were passed on to Liberator conversion units.

    Neglected to mention in my previous post, that all are listed as; Killed on Active Service, Flight Feb 8, 1945 p.163 (Cas. Comm. No.467).

    Roll on 1943!

    Col.
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