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    Default Aus400243 - P/o G.m. Waldie - 18-1-1943

    Wellington III DF732 of 142 Sqn damaged by Ju 88 over Bizerta, Tunisia, and crashlanded Blida, Algeria.
    P/O Geoffrey M. WALDIE - 400243 - RAAF - commemorated on Panel 11 Column 1 of the Malta Air Forces Memorial.
    Four names of surviving crew listed NAA File P/O Waldie; what was the reason that his name is commemorated on the Malta Memorial ? Baled out/shot off aircraft over sea ?
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    Henk,

    Monday, 18 January, 1943

    Northern Front.

    At 1800 a Wellington of 142 Squadron took off as part of a force raiding Bizerta, followed at 1818 by a Bisley of 18 Squadron. The Wellington was attacked by a Ju88C of II./NJG 2's 5 Staffel, flown by Uffz. Tolksdorf, who claimed the aircraft destroyed when it caught fire as a result of his attack, in fact the pilot ordered the crew to be ready to bale out, and one member did bale out at that point, the rest managed to extinguish the fire and the aircraft got back to its own base where it belly-landed. II./NJG 2 reported that one of its Ju88Cs was ditched in the sea at 2135 with a wounded gunner; it is possible that this was Tolkdorf's aircraft hit by the return fire, and that is why he was not able to see his burning target crash.

    See:
    Fighters Over Tunisia.
    Shores,C., Ring,H. & W N Hess
    London:Neville Spearman,1975
    p.160

    Col.
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    Henk/Col,
    From the 142sqdn ORB, it appears that the pilot gave the command to only "prepare" to abandon the a/c, and that Sgt Waldie "misconstrued" the order and baled out through the emergency hatch.
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    Henk/Dave,

    AUS403958 Sgt Edward William SALMON RAAF, a member of this crew, awarded a DFM, in part, for his exploits on this flight. LG 25-5-1943 p.2322.

    "A skilful wireless operator Flight Sergeant Salmon has taken part in a large number of operational sorties. One night in June, 1943, while over Bizerta his aircraft was attacked by an enemy night fighter and badly damaged. This airman by his technical skill was of great assistance to his captain thus enabling him to return safely to base".

    Crew (Alpha order):

    37958 F/Lt? James Frederick Henry BOOTH RAF
    1317475 Sgt J EDWARDS
    AUS403958 Sgt Edward William SALMON RAAF
    AUS400243 P/O Geoffrey Maxwell WALDIE RAAF +
    134656 P/O William Jolliffe WHITEWOOD

    Col.
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    Thanks AlanW & Col. Again one who baled out after the order "ready to" or "prepare to". Understandable when the aircraft is on fire and intercom often u/s.
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    Henk.

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