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V. Wellington

        
 
SERIAL VARIANT SQUADRON ARRIVED DEPARTED NOTES
D8775 15 OTU 12.07.41 Crashed on take-off from Luqa. Seven casualties.
D9277 15 OTU 17.06.41 Crashed in sea on ferry to Egypt, 2 missing, three survivors.
K3293 15 OTU 16.06.41 Aircraft crashed in sea off Malta. Five known casualties, one missing, presumed dead.
R1246 11.12.41   One of four aircraft approaching Malta from Gibraltar for onward delivery to Egypt. The aircraft were attacked by CR.42s from Pantelleria.
R1250 11.12.41   One of four aircraft approaching Malta from Gibraltar for onward delivery to Egypt. The aircraft were attacked by CR.42s from Pantelleria.
R1385 3 Group Training Squadron Aircraft failed to arrive at Malta on 04.02.41, but from which direction (from Gibraltar or the Middle East) is unknown. Six crew missing.
T2894 28.11.40 Aircraft didn’t reach destination after departing Malta. 6 casualties.
W5559 OADU 30.08.41   Shot down eight miles south of Lampedusa on its way to Malta.
W5569 II 29.08.41 Aircraft, in transit to the Middle East, was involved in a landing accident at Gibraltar. Causes were the throttles jamming at 1,700 rpm, and failure of the V.C.G. hydraulic pump, which meant flaps could only be lowered down to 20 degrees. One fatality, two slight and one serious injury. Three escaped injuries, although had a slight scratch.
W5571 II   24.07.42   This was one of four Wellingtons in transit from the UK to the Middle East via Malta. Departed Gibraltar for Malta, but was forced to return to Gibraltar, presumably because of mechanical problems. Eventual movements of this aircraft after this date unknown.
W5596 OADU 11.09.41 Lost en route between RAF Hampstead Norris and Malta. Six crew missing believed killed.
W5644 3 Group Training Flight 15.03.41 Aircraft was expected to land at Malta at 06:00 GMT, but crew sent a signal at 05:45 that they were being attacked. Judging by the time when the signal was sent and that nothing further was heard from the crew indicates that the aircraft had been shot down. Destination of aircraft appears to have been Malta, not the Middle East.
X9912 Ic 40 24.10.41 Aircraft departed from RAF Alconbury in England at 21:20 hrs on a transit flight to Malta. At 07:00, an S.O.S. “for petrol” was received, but nothing else after message .

They crashed in the sea for unknown reasons, one crew member surviving, and the body of another was picked from the sea. Nothing about the remaining 8 members.

X9991 44 Group 04.11.41 Arrived in Malta on ferry to the Middle East. Crashed on landing at Luqa, Malta. One injury.
Z1040 Ic 15 OTU 03.11.41 Aircraft went missing between Gibraltar and Malta. The captain sent a request for a bearing to the island at 06:18 GMT. At 07:06, he again sent a message requesting an escort, but also reported he was having trouble with his receiver set. Two formations of two Hurricanes each were scrambled to assist the Wellington crew, but were unable to make contact, despite flying a distance of 65 miles.
Z8335 Harwell Delivery Flight 22.09.41 Failed to arrive on a ferry flight from Malta to RAF Missile East Command. 7 crew missing, believed dead.
Z8432 1C OADU 23.11.41 Aircraft departed RAF Portreath for Gibraltar on delivery to the Middle East. Pilot began to experience rising temperature on the port engine being forced to shut it down. Unable to maintain height on one engine, despite throwing out all unnecessary freight. Pilot, realising he would be unable to reach Gibraltar, decided to divert to Lisbon, landing at Portela da Sacavem.

Having maintained contact with Gibraltar, the crew were initially advised not to destroy the aircraft, although all paper work was burnt after landing. The crew, till in contact with “Gib” were ow ordered to destroy the aircraft. All six crew safe, later repatriated back to the UK.
Z8504 OADU 19.01.42 Aircraft crashed in sea in transit to the Middle East. Two crew dead, one died as a result of injuries, three interned in Algeria.
Z8730 15 OTU 01.07.41 Crew left Malta at 20:13 hours, but never reached its destination in the Middle East. 7 crew missing, presumed dead.
Z8773 OADU 02.08.41 Aircraft went missing on a flight between Gibraltar and Malta. Five missing, one survivor injured.
Z8952 OADU 21.02.42 Ditched in sea off the Sicilian coast during transit flight from Gibraltar. 6 casualties.
Z8989 OADU 15.11.41 One of three Wellingtons on delivery, they were engaged by CR.42s that were escorting Ju-52s. This aircraft was shot down, although the crew survived, being picked up by a floatplane from Kalafrana
Z8990 03.11.41 It is presumed that this aircraft made it safely to Malta. It may have been in the same formation as that of Z1040 mentioned further up in this page.
Z9038 15 OTU 11.12.41 Aircraft was on a delivery flight to the Middle East. Attacked by 4 Italian CR-42s, 15 miles from East Cape Bon. Italians did not press home the attack, allowing the Wellington crew to continue to Malta. Minor damage to the aircraft, and two injuries. Departure from Malta unknown.
Z9043 Ic 15 OTU 16.01.42 Aircraft crashed in the sea on a flight from Gibraltar to Malta. Six missing believed killed.
Z9097 OADU 27.02.42 Aircraft crashed in sea between Pantalleria and Tunisia during flight between Gibraltar and Middle East. Six crew missing, presumed dead.
Z9101 IV 15 OTU 09.01.42 Aircraft appears to have caught fire, and crashed into the sea, 1000 yards south of Europa Point, Gibraltar after taking off from that station for Malta. Three lost at sea, two buried in Spain and Algeria, one crew member safe.
BB511 21 OTU 30.03.42 Aircraft crashed on delivery from Gibraltar. Six crew missing, believed dead.
DV___ IC 22.04.22 Departed Malta for the Middle East but reported being lost. Six crew missing believed killed.
DV416 15 OTU 28.12.41 Aircraft was on a delivery flight from Gibraltar, but owing to bad weather and radio failure, the crew were unable to locate Malta. Running short of fuel, the crew were forced to land in Sicily near Ragusa. Six crew PoW.
DV417 Ic 09.10.42 In transit from the UK to the Middle East, but failed to show up at Malta from Gibraltar. Six crew missing.
DV458 21 OTU 17.02.42 Aircraft crashed at Garaet Ackel Lake near Ferryville, Tunisia during a ferry flight from Gibraltar to Malta.
DV497 OADU 17.02.42 Ditched in sea off the Sicilian coast during transit flight Gibraltar to Middle East. 6 crew became pows.
DV510 99 27.02.41 Aircraft crashed in the sea near Sicily during a delivery flight to Malta. Six crew members pow.
DV519 1 OADU 05.04.42 Collided with the wreckage of a Wellington at the side of the runway while taking off at 01:12 on delivery to the Middle East and was burnt out. One pilot was injured.
DV548 IC 15 OTU 22.04.42 Departed Malta for the ME with Wellington HF849. Aircraft failed to arrive at its destination. Six crew missing, presumed dead.
DV656 OTU Harwell 24.04.42 Aircraft departed from Malta for Egypt and was initially reported missing, but later both aircraft and crew were discovered to be safe.
HF849 Ic 15 OTU 22.04.22 Aircraft arrived with Wellington DV548 from the UK en route to the Middle East. Departed Malta, but never reached its destination. It was carrying three passengers in addition to the 6-man crew, all missing, presumed dead.
HF919 15 OTU 31.05.42 Aircraft accident at Luqa during a transit flight from RAF Harwell.
HX369 30.05.42 Aircraft crashed near Licata, Sicily on a delivery flight from Gibraltar to Malta. All crew survived without injury. Crew included a Swedish national. All became PoWs.
HX446 Ic   24.07.42   Arrived from Gibraltar in transit to the Middle East. Departure date unknown.
HX485 VIII   24.07.42   Arrived from Gibraltar in transit to the Middle East. Departure date unknown.
HX489 VIII 3 OTU 24.07.42   Aircraft failed to reach Malta from Gibraltar on delivery to the Middle East. An SOS message was received 4 hours after departure from Gibraltar, but nothing else was heard after that. The pilot was considered to be quite experienced with over 200 hours on Wellingtons. Six fatalities.

A total of four Wellington aircraft departed from Gibraltar on this day, the other three being W5571, HX446 and HX485. HX489 being the third to depart from Gibraltar
HX507 458 06.11.42 Aircraft was lost during a transit flight from the Middle East to Malta. Crew all Australian.
HX515 OADU Aircraft crashed in sea off Malta on 03.08.42 for unknown reasons. Six crew members.
HX680 1446 Flight, 1 OADU 10.10.42 Aircraft departed RAF Portreath for Gibraltar. Aircraft went missing, but 7 crew members safe, interned in Arzila, Morocco. It is presumed that aircraft would have landed at Malta, perhaps continuing to the Middle East.
        
 
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