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    Default Vickers Wellington anomalies

    This entry in Alex's unaccounted airmen post (16 May 40) caught my eye:

    "EVANS, Herbert Prestyl - F/O(Pilot) - 40377 - RAF - 115 Sqn.
    FALLOWS, Reginald Frederick - Cpl(A/g) - 518379 - RAF - 115 Sqn.
    KIRKHAM, Thomas Russell - Sgt(Nav) - 580599 - RAF - 115 Sqn.
    PILGRIM, Roger Colin John - Cpl(Wop) - 531692 - RAF - 115 Sqn.
    PRINGLE, Alec Edward - F/Lt(Pilot) - 37299 - RAF - 115 Sqn.
    These five airmen rest at Bernay ( St. Croix ) Communal Cemetery, Eure, France.
    They were crew of Wellington Ia - P9229 - 115 Sqn."

    TNA agrees: http://discovery.nationalarchives.go...ls/r/C14502272
    RAF Bomber Command Losses agrees, adding code KO-S.
    However, my copy of the Air Britain P-serials book (1978, so maybe updated?) says:
    P9229 115/12 OTU Hit by X9621 at Benson and DBF 27.9.41
    Before I dig any further, can anyone please suggest an alternative identity for the 12 OTU loss in Sep41?
    thanks,
    Andy

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    Default Re: Vickers Wellington anomalies

    Hi Andy,

    AM Form 78 (Aircraft Movement Card) of Wellington IA P9229 says on obverse side:
    Taken on charge by 115 Sq on 22/2/40 - no more records there.

    while the reverse side says "Missing May 1940" without exact day.

    Nothing about 12 OTU.

    HTH

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Default Re: Vickers Wellington anomalies

    Andy,

    P9229 is correct for the loss on the night of 15/16 May 1940.

    It was P9226 that crashed at Benson on 26-9-1941 and was hit by X9621 the following day. Both aircraft, of 12 OTU, were burnt out.
    Source for this was Chorley. It seems no AIR 81 file was produced for either of these crews. There probably is at least one Form 1180 accident card however.

    Regards,

    Martin Gleeson.

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    Wellington accident card should be here https://www.lancasterbombers.net/for...-record-cards/

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    Accident card confirms Martin id

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    Thanks to all for quickly sorting this.

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