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    Hello,

    Seeking full service history (from A-B Serials) of Wellington IC BB480. Can anyone oblige?

    TIA.

    Col.

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    Sorry Col nothing special:

    458/148/70/SR Flt SOC date not known

    Pavel
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    Second Edition (2006) added this;

    Engine caught fire and prop fell off; crashlanded 10m from Misurata, 23.7.43

    Ian Macdonald

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    Pavel & Ian,

    Thank you for your efforts. Now I need to sort out who was operating BB480 on 15/16-7-1942.

    Col.

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    All what I can suggest is ask the RAF Museum in Hendon for copy of Form 78 - Aircraft Movement Card:-)

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    G'day Col

    No. 458 (B) Squadron flew its last operation as a bomber on the 28th/29th of January, 1942 when three Winpeys bombed the docks at Bouglogne. The squadron was withdrawn from all Bomber Command operations while it was preparing to transfer to the Middle East. The first Wellington Mk. IC's were flown to Egypt in February, 1942. A total of 36 of 37 aircraft successfully made the trip. Before the ground crew arrived at Suez in May, the squadron's aircraft (including s/n BB480) were dispersed between battle weary squadrons already there. With no available aircraft , the aircrew were posted and the groundcrew lent other bomber squadrons in the Middle East.

    No. 148 (B) Squadron used Wellington Mk. IC's in the Middle East from December 1940 to December 1942. While serving with this squadron in the M.E. Wellington s/n BB480 carried the individual radio call letter 'M'.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Gentlemen,

    Appreciate your contributions.

    I discovered that one of the crew members (Bohl RAAF), aboard BB480 on 15/16-7-1942, was KIA about a fortnight later. Bohl RAAF,was lost on 31-7-1942 in No.148 Sqn Wellington IC HX527 (BLME1/168).

    I came up with the following:

    15/16-7-1942
    No.148 Sqn
    Wellington IC BB480 "M" (a/c. letter, as per: Bomber Sqns of the RAF/Moyes p.174).

    Involved in incident at LG224 (Cairo West).

    Crew (Alpha order):

    97975 Sgt J M BLAND
    AUS404679 P/O William Dennis BOHL RAAF
    1261988 Sgt O C CURTIS
    AUS404380 F/O (Pilot) Eric Gayford LLOYD RAAF
    AUS404556 P/O (Pilot) Alan WHARTON RAAF* - Shock.
    910956 Sgt Horace WHYBROW RAFVR**

    *Wharton RAAF, was later OC. No.466 Sqn RAAF.
    **Whybrow, later KIA 16-12-1943, No.100 Sqn (BCL4/422).

    Thanks once again.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 4th April 2010 at 00:24.

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