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    Default Wellington lost 27/28 March 1943?

    Hi guys

    On the night 27/28 March 1943 a Halifax from 51 Squadron was attacked by an unidentified aircraft believed to have been a Wellington. In spite of believing the aircraft was a Wellington
    is was claimed probably destroyed by the Halifax gunners.

    Was a Wellington lost on this night?

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    Hi Brian

    Only candidate seems to be Wellington X, HE503 SE-S of No 431 Sqn which failed to return.

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    Hi Brian,

    interesting story BUT I am not able to find out any reason why an old Wimpy will attack four engine bomber? If the Wellington crew was not blind they must know it is not an enemy...
    There is also possibility that Luftwaffe use one of the captured Wellingtons as a decoy but I think this idea is quite improbable.

    Pavel
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    My notes have HE503 failing to return from a raid on night of 26/27 March 1943.

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    Brian,

    Do your records show the position of the combat?
    My records show that this Wellington was "lost off Sweden on a night trip to Duisburg".
    It's not unlikely that the combat took place.

    A Victoria Cross (Aaron) & a CGM (Larden) was awarded to crew members of a Stirling which was mistakenly attacked by another Stirling's R/G. It's reported that a positive I.D. was made of the attacking a/c but, no further action was taken.

    Paul

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    Hi Paul

    The combat report records the relevant details as 53.32N 03.20E at 2104hrs.

    Hope this helps.

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    Take off 1855 and lost approx. 2104 hrs; location may have been over the North Sea and Sgt DUCKER's body washed ashore on the Swedish coast (first buried at Grebbestad, reinterred at Kviberg).

    Henk.

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    Which aircraft is that information for Henk?

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    Wellington X - HE503 - 431 Sqn - SE-S (Chorley Vol. 4 page 81).
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Does Chorley confirm that HE503 was lost on night of 26/27 March 1943?

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