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    Hello,

    Seeking service history and fate of Wellington VIII HX489. Could someone with the relevant A-B volume please oblige?

    Col.

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    Default Wellington V111 HX489

    Col - 7 O.T.U./1443 Flt/1 OADU missing between Gibraltar and Malta 24.07.42

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    Chris,

    Thank you for that.

    I had some mixed messages about this loss. 3 OTU, 15 OTU, Runnymede Memorial etc. Your information confirms that this is an unrecorded loss in BLME1.

    24-7-1942
    No.1 OADU
    Wellington XIII HX489

    Wellington HX489, of No.15 Operational Training Unit RAF, was in transit from RAF Portreath to the Middle East. It took off from North Front, Gibraltar en route to Malta at 1501 hours on 24 July 1942. Approx 4 hours after departure an SOS was received from the aircraft, but nothing further was heard and HX489 did not arrive at its destination.

    47131 P/O (Pilot) Peter Smithard CHAMPION-JONES RAF +
    AUS403485 Sgt (2nd Pilot) Samuel Albert Gaston PRIESTLEY RAAF +
    R/81069 Sgt (Obs.) John Richard KENNEDY RCAF +
    116502 P/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Eric Wilson GRUNDY RAFVR +
    1186524 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Robert Alfred Henry DOLAN RAFVR +
    1285562 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Philip Edgar THOMAS RAFVR +

    All commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    Two Wellingtons and two Hudson aircraft which left Gibraltar for Malta on 25 July were instructed to keep a look out for the missing HX489, but no trace of the missing aircraft or crew was seen.

    Storr: Vol.18. Airman L-Y. NKG. p.237 of 465.

    I'm sure David Gunby would be interested in this loss.

    Thanks for your help.

    Col.

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