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    Default 47 Sqn in East Africa 1941

    Does anyone have any information on 47 Sqn's operations in East Africa during 1941. I'm particularly interested in the loss of an aircraft, possibly a Wellesley, flown by P/O Ernest John Bainbridge. He was lost on 7 February 1942 and is buried in the Asmara Cemetery in Eritrea.

    Any information would be appreciated.
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    Hi

    He was killed whilst flying in Wellesley I, K8525 of No 47 Sqn, which failed to return from a reconnaissance of the Adi Ugri Road (Gunby/Temple).

    Malcolm
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    All 47 Sqn losses of this period are detailed in volume one of Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean, which Pel Temple and I published with Midland Counties in 2006.

    David Gunby

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    Thank you both

    Unfortunately I don't have any of the Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean series, until this query came up it's not been my sphere of interest.

    Ian
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    I note two 47 Sqn Wellesley's were lost on 7 Feb 1941, and I can find seven airmen lost on that day with 47 Sqn :-

    Sgt Edwin Ellis Blofield (pilot)

    Sgt John Herbert Davies (Obs)

    Sgt Harold Arthur Paine (W/OP Air Gnr)

    Flt Sgt Dennis Barbone (Air Gnr)

    P/O Ernest John Bainbridge (Obs)

    Sgt Alexander George Brown (Pilot)

    Flt Sgt Samuel Albert Elsy (Obs)

    According to a webpage I came across, Wellesley K8525 was being flown by Flying Officer Helsby. I can't find a Helsby on the CWGC search list and this doesn't fit in with the crew names above and to the best of my knowledge Wellesley's had a three man crew.
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    On 7 Feb 41 Helsby was taken POW, but his crew, Bainbridge and Paine died. In the other crew lost that day, Blofield and Davies died, and the A/G, Bird, was taken POW.

    Brown, Elsy and Barbone lost their lives on 2 July 1941.

    David

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    Thanks David, much appreciated.
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