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Dumfries, Wellington HE 746

 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:38 am    Post subject: Dumfries, Wellington HE 746 Reply with quote

Not listed by UKNIWM.

This memorial is in the control tower at Dumfries Aerodrome, now the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum at OS Map Ref NX 999 786.

A complex exhibit and I am afraid my photos scarcely do it justice, you need to see it in the flesh.

The memorial is to the crew of Wellington Aircraft HE 746 which crashed near Dumfries Aerodrome on 4th June 1943. The crew were:
Sgt George William Mullis
Sgt L A Southam (pilot)
Sgt H Parker (air bomber)
Sgt J Kent RCAF (air gunner)

The memorial consists of a Hercules engine and other parts of the Wellington salvaged from the crash site along with a plaque and several explanatory documents.













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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sgt Kent is buried in the nearby St Andrews graveyard in Dumfries.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A nice touch.
I know, having spoken to relatives, just what an affect their losses had throughout their lives.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Further info as follows

26 OTU Wellington HE746 had departed RAF Wing, Buckinghamshire at 2340 on 04/06/43 for a night Cross-Country NAVEX (NAVigation EXercise)

During the flight, the aircraft suffered Starboard Engine failure and it then attempted to make an emergency landing at RAF Dumfries

Tragically, the aircraft crashed and burnt out 2 miles N of the airfield at 0405

Four of the crew were killed, the fifth was seriously injured
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