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    Default Wellington Loss - 150 Sqn - 28-1-1944

    Hello,

    Can someone help with a serial for the following Wellington loss?

    28-1-1944
    No.150 Sqn
    Wellington -?-
    Target: Verona Marshalling Yards

    Crew

    AUS417129 W/O (Pilot) David Harold SUSMAN RAAF - POW
    136369 P/O (Nav.) Thomas Alfred STANTON - POW
    139723 P/O (Bomb Aimer) James Jeff Millar TAYLOR - POW
    AUS425310 F/Sgt (W.Op.) Stanley JEACOCKE RAAF - Evaded
    2209020 Sgt (Air Gnr.) W A MacGUFFIE - Evaded

    Possibly a Mk.X, with a 'JA' prefix.

    Also need a history/fate of Wellington X MF249.

    All help most appreciated.

    Col.
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    Hi Col,

    MF249 - 142 Sq - Missing Brescia 18.9.44

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    And about the other one - possibly Wellington X JA470 - 150 Sq - missing Verona 29.1.44

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    Hi Pavel,

    Thanks for your speedy reply.

    Would you have the full history of Wellington X MF249?

    I need to confirm a unit.

    Col.

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    Unfortunately that is all what I have from A-B Serials, only the unit sequence was: 1 Ferry Unit/3 OADU/142 with no dates given.

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    Pavel,

    That's fine.

    Thanks once again.

    Col.

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    Default JA470 and MF249

    JA470 was Susman's aircraft, of 150 Sqn, abandoned when an engine failed because of flak damage over Verona, and the aircraft became uncontrollable. My records (supported by AHB) show only Jeacock and McGuffie evaded, and Susman was taken POW.

    MF249 of 142 Sqn. FTR from an attack on Brescia Marshalling Yards. Crashed on the banks of the River Po near Libiole de Serraville. F/O D F Richer, Sgt F Harrison, F/Sgt N A Good RNZAF, Sgt N F Nash, Sgt W.H Harper killed.

    I hope Volume Two of Middle East and Mediterranean Bomber Losses, covering 1943-5, will be published by Midland late this year.

    David

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    Hi David,

    Firstly, thanks for confirming the serial of the 150 Squadron Wellington.

    Apologies about the slip-up on Susman. I amended my original posting, adding crew positions, and inadvertently made Susman an evader! (have amended entry). Susman and Jeacocke, both became members of the Caterpillar Club. (no info on the others).

    Information on MF249 also welcome. (l also have a query on this one, which l will post later).

    Looking forward to ME&MBL2.

    Col.
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    My little book says that both sqns were based at Regina at time of losses and both flying Wellington X. Sqn indicators shown as QT for 142 and JN for 150. Am a little confused though as 75 sqn were using JN for c flight at the time. Is that common for two sqns to be used....

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    Dee, it was often the case for one Squadron to be formed from one flight of another Squadron, usually for some reason "C" Flight. Sometimes the new Squadron was formed from a Flight each from 2 Squadrons, depending I suppose on availability of men and machines...
    Often the "C" Flight of X Squadron would wear the codes for the new Squadron, sometimes before the actual establishment of the Squadron itself.
    Presumably that got the new squadron off starting with seasoned crews, not all "rookies" suddenly arriving without any operational experience.
    Hope that helps!

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