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Vickers Wellington B Mk.IV RAF 301Sqn GRA Z1479 crash landed Dornumergrode Germany 26th June 1942

Photo 01: Vickers Wellington B Mark IV, Z1479 'GR-A', of No. 301 Polish Bomber Squadron RAF based at Hemswell, Lincolnshire, lying on the shore off Dornumergrode, Germany, after being hit by anti-aircraft fire while over the target area during the second 'Thousand bomber' raid on Bremen at 2.30am on 26 June 1942. The crew survived and were made prisoners of war. The aircraft's armament and propellers have been removed. The German personnel gathered round the cockpit are members of the Luftwaffe's 8th (Motorised) Flak Division, for whom this aircraft was the 34th victim. Another comment: Vickers Wellington B Mark IV, Z1479 'GR-A', of No. 301 Polish Bomber Squadron RAF based at Hemswell, Lincolnshire, lying on the shore off Dornumergrode, Germany, after being hit by anti-aircraft fire while over the target area during the second 'Thousand bomber' raid on Bremen at 2.30am on 26 June 1942. The crew survived and were made prisoners of war. The aircraft's armament and propellers have been removed. The German personnel gathered round the cockpit are members of the Luftwaffe's 8th (Motorised) Flak Division, for whom this aircraft was the 34th victim.

Vickers Wellington B Mk.IV RAF 301Sqn GRT X9616 Hemswell Lincolnshire 1941

Photo 01: Vickers Wellington B Mk ICs (X9616 'GR-T' nearest), of No 301 Polish Bomber Squadron RAF parked at Hemswell, Lincolnshire.

Vickers Wellington B Mk.IV RAF 301Sqn GRT X9616 Hemswell Lincolnshire 1941

Photo 01: Vickers Wellington B Mark IC, W5690 'GR-W', of No. 301 Polish Bomber Squadron RAF awaits a mixed load of incendiaries and 500-lb GP bombs on trolleys at Hemswell, Lincolnshire, before a night sortie over Germany. W5690 saw further service with No. 103 Squadron RAF and Nos. 20 and 15 Operational Training Units, until it crash-landed while circuiting Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire, on 16 November 1943.

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