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    Hello,

    Seeking full service history/fate of Wellington XI MP641. Could someone with the appropriate A-B volume please oblige?

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    Col.

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    Said book states ; 1443 Flt , OADU , 458 Sqdn , 38 Sqdn and SOC 16-6-45 .

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    Hello David,

    Thanks for your speedy reply. Not quite what I wanted to hear though! (a possible serial mix-up here).

    I have Wellington XI MP641 on No.294 Sqn strength, and being involved in an incident at Nicosia, Cyprus on 16-6-1944, with the following crew (alpha order):

    R/105597 P/O (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Ronald Douglas BROOKS RCAF +
    656240 W/O ( - ? - ) - - ? - - GREY
    1312173 F/Sgt ( - ? - ) - - ? - - HALFORD
    1366149 F/Sgt (W.Op./Air Gnr.) Alexander MILL RAFVR +
    175708 P/O (Pilot) William John PARSONS RAFVR +
    658595 F/Sgt ( - ? - ) W K REED

    Can anymore provide more detail on this incident?

    Thanks once again for your help.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 24th August 2010 at 08:57.

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    Col,

    Noted that immediately above MP641 we have:

    Wellington XI MP640
    3 OADU/38/294
    SOC 5.7.45

    Errol

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    Errol,

    My source definitely quotes MP641, but I had some doubts, particularly after seeing David's reply.

    Would be most interesting to see what TSGNO has to say about R/105597 P/O Ronald Douglas BROOKS RCAF, if anything.

    Thanks for your help.

    Col.

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    Hi Col

    Allison also quotes Brooks in MP641 of 294 Sqn

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm,

    Thanks for the look-up.

    I have held off buying TSGNO because of all the negative reports I've had about the book. It looks like I'll have to take a punt and buy the thing. I still get a chuckle out of "Canadians in the Royal Air Force".

    If Les can come up with the same serial that I have quoted, there must be some substance to it... then again.

    175708 P/O William John PARSONS RAFVR, has an undigitised A705 file at the NAA. There must be an Australian connection there somehow.

    Thanks everyone for your help.

    Col.
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    Is it possible that BROOKS was on LN867 ?
    AB for LN867: Med - missing 16.6.44 (however, as far as I know, was 294 Sqn never equipped with Mk.Xs).
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    Hello Henk,

    I think it unlikely that BROOKS was aboard LN867, as you say, none of the standard references indicate Mk.X usage by 294 Sqn.

    Elsewhere on this Forum, I posted a query on 1800802 Sgt Frederick TAYLOR RAFVR, killed on 16-6-1944:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9018

    Malcolm replied, telling me his posting at death was RAF Qastina, along with the following:


    1458102 F/Sgt John Brian GREENWOOD
    611486 Sgt Frederick HALEY
    1238118 F/Sgt Ian McLACHLAN
    1651615 John Gideon Richard SMALE

    TAYLOR is buried in Nicosia War Cemetery, Cyprus, the others are commemorated on the Alamein Memorial.

    There is a possibility they were all aboard LN867. No.77 OTU was operating out of RAF Qastina at the time.

    Few ifs and buts, but maybe...

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 24th August 2010 at 19:29.

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