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    Hello,

    Need some help identifying the following No.215 Squadron Wellington.

    Friday, 9 July 1943.

    A Wellington of 215 Squadron, piloted by Sgt J A Gee, failed to return from a daytime Intruder Patrol along the Arakan coast. The crew were subsequently found in their dinghy eight days later, exhausted but alive.

    See:
    Air War for Burma.
    Shores,Christopher.
    London:Grub Street,2005.
    p.97.

    All help appreciated,

    Col.

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    Col,

    My Wellington file has no 215 Sqn loss on or around this date.

    Henk.

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    Wrong date:

    29th July 1943

    http://www.ringmer.info/war-memorial/redvers-parris.html


    Wellington BB506
    Crew:

    Sgt J.A. Gee; (Survived)
    Sgt A.C. Tenneson; (Survived)
    F/O R.F.N. Jones; (Survived)
    F/S L.E. Baxter ; (Survived)
    Sgt L.E.G. Baldry; (Survived)
    Sgt Redvers Cyril Malcolm Parris (died)

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    Hello Henk & Paul,

    Firstly, Henk thanks for that look-up.

    Paul, I had some doubts about the date. I had the following report which did not tie-in with the date quoted in Air War for Burma:

    In early August (1943), there occurred an unusual operation. Flying Officer S C Akers (AUS400767), (in Dak FD791), was flying from Chittagong to Dum Dum over the sea when one of his passengers spotted what he took to be a dinghy, and told one of the crew. Visibility was poor, but upon being told of the sighting, Akers turned to begin a search. It took ten minutes to find the dinghy. Akers instructed his WOP to report its position and continued to circle the spot until relieved. Warrant Officer Rutherford, (also) of 31 Sqn, was sent out, relieved Akers and then dropped supply containers to the men in the water, who, it had now been established were a downed RAF crew. Later this lucky crew were rescued by ASR launch.

    See:
    First in the Indian Skies.
    Franks,Norman L R.
    n.p.,:R.A.F. Collection,1981.
    p.98

    This is undoubtedly, the same incident.

    Once again, I thank you both for your help in clearing up this problem I had with Akers.

    Col.

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    Henk/Paul,

    For the sake of completeness, here are the details of the 215 Sqn Wellington that is mentioned in Parris' biography, which was lost on 8-8-1943:

    8-8-1943
    No.215 Sqn
    Wellington IC HE126

    Took off from Jessore at 0745 to carry out a FIRPO Intruder Patrol off the Arakan coast. The aircraft got into difficulties after take-off, went into a steep turn until the plane was almost vertical, then crashed into trees and burnt on impact. All the crew were killed.

    53729 P/O (Pilot) Eric Claude DOWLING RAF +
    AUS404312 F/O (2nd Pilot) Cecil Tom ENRIGHT RAAF +
    1410623 Sgt (Nav.) Edward Ronald Ellis THOMAS RAFVR +
    1331911 Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Neville Arthur James OVENDEN RAFVR +
    R/66066 W/OII (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Francis William HOLCOMBE RCAF + (Front gunner)
    611210 F/Sgt (Air Gnr.) James HYDE RAF + (Rear gunner)

    All originally buried in the Protestant Burial Ground, Jessore, Bengal, India. Later reinterred at Chittagong War Cemetery, Pakistan, India.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 27th July 2010 at 16:51.

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    Thanks Col for this info. HE126 was in my files, however only with HOLCOMBE's name.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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