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Midlands operational losses and engagements with Luftwaffe aircraft - page under development
Although the Midlands Bomber Command units were all Operational Training Units, their crews regularly operated over enemy territory.  In 1942 the OTUs were called upon to add to the Main Force strength for the One Thousand Bomber Raids and later attacks on the Rhur Valley.  The Midlands OTUs suffered quite heavy losses in these raids - most of the crews consisting of instructors who were being rested from operations.  The final exercise in the OTU course was often a leaflet raid over France and there was a small attrition to night fighters and flak.  There were also a number of special raids in 1944, in support of the D-D landings and their aftermath.  Towards the end of the war, the OTUs flew Bullseye and other exercises over the North Sea, forcing enemy night fighters into the air and diverting them from the Main Force.

When there was little enemy activity over the Midlands, the Beaufighters of 96 Squadron from Honiley flew Ranger sorties over northern Europe, using Ford as an advanced base.

Please contact us if you can add further information.  We would like to hear about any of these aircraft crash sites that have been found.

27-28/04/1942 Lille (leaflet raid)
Wellington Ic X9635 of 27 OTU failed to return from a leaflet raid to Lille.  The crew are buried at Heverlee War Cemetery, Belgium.
Wellington Ic Z8901 -V of 27 OTU failed to return from a leaflet raid to Lille.  Crashed at Sautour (Namur), 3km SSE Philippeville, Belgium.  The crew are buried at Charleroi.

30-31/05/1942 Cologne
Wellington Ic X9874 of 12 OTU came down in the sea of Harwich, returning from Cologne.  Three survivors were picked up, but one subsequently died and two members of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington Ic R1235 -O of 22 OTU was shot down at Kallenberg, 4 km NE of Kall, by a night fighter flown by
ObLt. Bokemeyer of 5/NJG 1.  All of the crew are buried at the Rheinberg War Cemetery.
Wellington Ic R1714 of 22 OTU was lost in unknown circumstances.  One of the crew was taken prisoner and the remaining four are buried at the Rheinberg War Cemetery.
Wellington Ic DV701 -P of 22 OTU was shot down at Zons on the south bank of the Rhine, 12 km south of Dusseldorf.  All of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington Ic DV843 -Q of 22 OTU was shot down by a night fighter at Dinteloord (Noord Brabant), 6 km NNE of Steenbergen, Holland.  All of the crew are buried in Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery.
Wellington Ic N2851 -F3 of 23 OTU crashed near Graven-deel (Zuid Holland), 7 km SW of Dordrecht.  Two of the crew are buried in Crooswijk Cemetery and the other three are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

A Ju88 was claimed probably destroyed at Overflakkee, 20 miles WSW of Rotterdam by the crew of Wellington -B of 23 OTU, at 00-50.
A further Ju88 may have been shot down into the sea 15 miles north of Walcheren at 03-20, by the crew of Wellington X9801, of 23 OTU.

01-02/06/1942 Essen
Wellington Ic X3203 of 12 OTU was shot down at 14,000 feet by the Essen flak barrage.  Three of the crew were taken prisoner and two are buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
Wellington Ic HF891 of 18 OTU crashed at Monchengladbach in unknown circumstances.  All of the crew are now buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.
Wellington Ic W5618 -W of 21 OTU failed to return from Essen.  Four of the crew are buried at Charleroi, one was taken prisoner and one who evaded was killed by a train in France four days later.
Wellington Ic R1266 -G2 of 23 OTU crashed near the Terwindt brick yard at Kerkdriel (Gelderland) on the west bank of the river Maas.  The crew are buried in Uden War Cemetery.
Wellington Ic Z8867 -L of 23 OTU crashed at Heer (Limberg) in Holland.  The crew are now buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery.

An unidentified night fighter was claimed shot down at 01-34, by the crew of Wellington -K of 23 OTU.

25-26/06/1942 Bremen
Wellington Ic R1349 of 12 OTU failed to return from Bremen and is presumed to have crashed off the Dutch coast.  Four of the crew
are buried in Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery and one is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington Ic R1410 KX-M of 12 OTU crashed in the North Sea, it is thought off the Friesian Islands.  Two members of the crew are buried on Texel and Ameland and the other three are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington Ic Z8800 of 12 OTU ditched 25 miles off Cromer on return from Bremen.  All of the crew were picked up safely.
Wellington Ic DV951 of 12 OTU is believed to have been shot down by a night fighter near Wietmarschen, shortly after bombing Bremen.  The crew were taken prisoner, but one died of his injuries and is buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
Wellington Ic T2612 -H of 18 OTU was shot down by a night fighter near Andijk, 15 km NE of Hoorn, Holland.  All of the crew are buried in the Bergen General Cemetery.
Wellington Ic T2717 -C of 18 OTU failed to return from Bremen.  It was lost without trace and all of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington Ic DV765 -N of 18 OTU failed to return from Bremen.  All of the crew were taken prisoner: circumstances unknown.
Wellington Ic X3179 SJ-U of 21 OTU failed to return from Bremen.  It was lost without trace and all of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington Ic X9701 LT-D of 22 OTU ditched 60 miles off Great Yarmouth on return from Bremen.  All of the crew were picked up safely.
Wellington Ic X9980 -K of 22 OTU failed to return from Bremen.  It was lost without trace and all of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington Ic X9875 -D3 of 23 OTU is presumed to have crashed in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast.  Two members of the crew are buried in Harlingen and Amsterdam and and the other three are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. It was probably shot down by Lt Hans-Hermann Muller (7./NJG2), who claimed an aircraft over the North Sea, 20 km west of Den Haag (3385) at 03-58 (ref. Nachtjagd War Diaries Volume One).
Wellington Ic DV475 BY-G of 23 OTU was shot down by a night figther at Azelo, Overijssel, 5 km north of Delden, Holland.  All of the crew are buried in Ambt-Delden General Cemetery.
Whitley V Z9441 of 24 OTU crashed at Geversdorf, 4km NNE of Cadenberge.  All of the crew are buried in Becklingen War Cemetery.
Whitley V BD266 of 24 OTU is presumed to have crashed in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast.  One member of the crew was originally buried in Huisduinen Military Cemetery and the other four are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Whitley V BD379 of 24 OTU is presumed to have crashed in the North Sea off the Friesian Islands.  Four of the crew are buried in Westerschelling General Cemetery on the island of Terschelling and one is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington Ic R1162 -R of 27 OTU failed to return from Bremen.  It was lost without trace and all of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

A Junkers Ju88 night fighter was claimed shot down at Wilhelmshaven, at 01-59 hours, by the crew of Wellington DV952, of 12 OTU.

28-29/07/1942 Hamburg
Wellington Ic X3201 -O bar of 22 OTU came down in the vicinity of Hamburg, circumstances unknown.  Three of the crew were taken prisoner and two were originally buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ohlsdorf.
Wellington Ic X9696 -Z of 22 OTU came down in the vicinity of Kiel, circumstances unknown.  All five of the crew are buried in Kiel War Cemetery.

31/07-01/08/1942 Dusseldorf
Wellington Ic X9983 SJ-D of 21 OTU was shot down between Bemelen and Berg Terblijt (Limberg), 5 km ENE of Maastricht in Holland.  One of the crew was taken prisoner and the four who died were originally buried at Venlo.
Wellington Ic X9917 -N of 23 OTU failed to return from Dusseldorf and the entire crew was taken prisoner.  It is not known where the aircraft crashed, or the circumstances of its loss.
Whitley V Z9512 of 24 OTU was lost in unknown circumstances.  One of the crew was taken prisoner and the other four are buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.  It is not known where the aircraft crashed.
Whitley V BD347 of 24 OTU was set on fire by at least two night fighter attacks and crashed near Fleurus (Hainault), 12 km NE of Charleroi in Belgium.  One of the crew was killed and is buried in Gosselies Communal Cemetery, while his three colleagues evaded capture.
Wellington Ic R1526 of 27 OTU failed to return from Dusseldorf.  The crew are buried at the Rheinberg War Cemetery.  It is not known where the aircraft crashed, or the circumstances of its loss.
Wellington Ic DV552 -N of 27 OTU crashed at Huldenberg, Brabant Province, 23 km SE of Brussels.  The crew are buried in Huldenberg churchyard.

A Junkers Ju88 night fighter was claimed shot down 16 miles north west of Antwerp, by the crew of Wellington N2856, of 12 OTU, after having bombed at 03-13.
Wellington DV839 -Q of 12 OTU was engaged by one or two Ju88s at 01-45 hours and claimed one shot down 5 miles east of Dortrecht.

10-11/09/1942 Dusseldorf
Wellington Ic R1616 of 22 OTU was shot down by a night fighter near Biervliet (Zeeland), Holland.  All of the crew are buried in Vlissingen Northern Cemetery.
Wellington Ic X9932 of 22 OTU failed to return from Dusseldorf, but the circumstances are not known.  All of the crew are buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

13-14/09/1942 Bremen
Wellington Ic HE116 of 21 OTU is presumed to have crashed in the North Sea.  Three of the crew were later washed ashore and buried in Denmark and Holland, while the remaining three are
commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington Ic R1588 of 22 OTU is presumed to have crashed in the North Sea.  One of the crew was buried on Romo Island, while the other four are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington Ic R1658 of 22 OTU was lost without trace and is presumed to have crashed in the North Sea.  All of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington Ic HD991 of 22 OTU was claimed shot down by a night fighter near Ramspol (Overijssel), north west of Kampen in Holland.  Two of the crew were taken prisoner, while three were buried in Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery.
Wellington Ic L7815 of 27 OTU got into difficulties shortly after take off from Lichfield and crashed on approach to land again.  None of the crew survived and a further four ground crew were killed when the bomb load exploded several hours later.

16-17/09/1942 Essen
Wellington Ic X9671 of 22 OTU crashed in Warwickshire on its air test prior to the raid - see the page of Midlands crashes.
Wellington III BJ650 of 12 OTU was shot down by a night fighter and crashed into a swimming pool at Veldhoven (Noord Brabant), 6 km SW of Eindhoven in Holland.  The crew are buried in Woensel General Cemetery and the Canadian War Cemetery at Groesbeek.
Wellington III BJ730 of 12 OTU was lost in unknown circumstances.  All of the crew are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.
Wellington Ic HE110 SJ-Q of 21 OTU was shot down by a night fighter at Spalbeek (Limburg), 8 km WSW of Hasselt in Belgium.  The crew are buried in Heverlee War Cemetery.
Wellington Ic Z1084 of 22 OTU was shot down near Ahaus, 21 km NW of Coesfeld.  All of the crew are buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
Wellington III X3799 -E of 23 OTU failed to return from Essen. It is not known where the aircraft crashed, or the circumstances of its loss.  Two of the crew were taken prisoner and the other three are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.
Wellington III Z1730 -J of 23 OTU crashed at Baerl, Repelen Lohmansheide, near Krefeld.  The crew were origianally interred in the Hauptfriedhof, but are now buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.
Wellington III BJ720 of 23 OTU was lost in unknown circumstances.  All of the crew are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.
Wellington Ic N2782 of 27 OTU was lost in unknown circumstances.  All of the crew are buried in the Rheinberg War Cemetery.
Wellington Ic X9876 of 27 OTU was hit by flak over Essen.  The pilot nursed the aircraft back to the English coast, where the crew baled out safely.  The Wellington crashed at Collingbourne Ducis in Wiltshire.

An unidentified night fighter was claimed shot down near Hilversum, Holland, at 21-54, by the crew of Wellington X3343, of 23 OTU.

15/10/1942
Wellington IV Z1482 of 18 OTU left Bramcote on a training exercise with a live bomb and failed to return. The aircraft was brought down near Campigny, 18 km NW of Brionne, France, with the loss of the 5 Polish crew. The court of inquiry presumed that the crew had
decided to drop their bomb in enemy territory.

18/11/1942 Nantes (leaflet raid)
Wellington Ic T2574 of 21 OTU was on a leaflet raid to Nantes when an engine caught fire over the Channel.  The pilot turned back, but the aircraft crashed between Liss and Longmoor in Hampshire.  Only one of the crew survived.

09-10/12/1942 Orleans (leaflet raid)
Whitley V EB388 of 24 OTU crashed at Senonches (Eure-et-Loir), 36 km WNW of Chartres in France.  All of the crew are buried in Senonches Communal Cemetery.

26-27/01/1943 Bullseye
Wellington Ic X9667 of 21 OTU was shot down by a night fighter into the Waddenzee, east of Wieringen, Holland.  One of the crew was taken prisoner, while the others were buried in various cemeteries along the coast.

29-30/01/1943 Nantes (leaflet raid)
Wellington Ic W5705 -E of 21 OTU was damaged on a leaflet raid to Nantes and crashed near Stroud in Gloucstershire on its return. None of the crew survived.

18-19/02/1943 Orleans (leaflet raid)
Wellington III BK160 -S of 12 OTU failed to return from Orleans and was lost without trace. 
All of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

13-14/04/1943 Leaflet raid
Wellington III DF610 of 30 OTU ditched off Dungeness on its return.  All of the crew were picked up safely.

23-24/05/1943 Paris (leaflet raid)
Wellington III BK489 of 27 OTU failed to return from Paris and was lost without trace. 
All of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

10-11/06/1943 Nantes (leaflet raid)
Whitley V BD442 of 24 OTU is presumed to have crashed near Nantes.  One of the crew was taken prisoner, while the others are buried in the Pont-du-Cens Communal Cemetery in Nantes.

11-12/06/1943 Nantes (leaflet raid)
Wellington III BK559 of 30 OTU became lost.  Three of the crew baled out, of whom two were captured and one evaded.  Two of the crew remained on board and crash-landed the aircraft at Guyancourt , 7 km SW of Versailles, where one of them was buried in the local communal cemetery.  The other member of the crew is buried at Mazargues Cemetery, Marseilles, so probably died while attempting to escape capture
.

01-02/07/1943 Leaflet raid
Wellington III BK255 -C of 30 OTU crashed south of Exeter airfield on its return.  Only one of the crew survived.

13-14/07/1943 Rennes (leaflet raid)
Wellington III BJ702 of 12 OTU was hit by flak over France and ditched on return.  All of the crew were picked up safely after 34 hours in their dinghy.

15-16/08/1943 Leaflet raid
Wellington Ic R1152 of 21 OTU was mistaken for an enemy aircraft on its return and was shot down by a Mosquito at Wimborne St. Giles in Dorset.  Three of the crew managed to bale out safely, but the two who did not were killed.

25-26/08/1943 Leaflet raid
Wellington III HF628 of 22 OTU was shot down over the French coast by flak and a night fighter.  Two of the crew were taken prisoner, one was originally buried at Le Touquet, but is now in the Canadian War Cemetery at Calais, while the other two
are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.  The aircraft is presumed to have crashed in the sea.

02-03/09/1943 Foret de Raismes
Wellington III HF645 of 22 OTU had an engine fire while returning from its task of bombing ammunition dumps.  The bomber spun into the ground near Wantage in Berkshire.  Two of the crew survived, but three were killed in the crash.

03-04/11/1943 Orleans (leaflet raid)
Whitley V AD675 TY-E of 24 OTU was abandoned near Courtalain (Eure-et-Loir), 26 km WNW Chateaudun after engine failure.  All of the crew evaded capture.

20-21/12/1943 Compeigne (leaflet raid)
An unidentified twin engine fighter was claimed shot down approximately 10 miles WSW of Le Havre, by the crew of Wellington HE871 -A, of 23 OTU.

28-29/01/1944 Leaflet raid
Wellington X HE914 of 30 OTU force landed at Boxley near Maidstone on return from France.  There were no serious injuries.

10-11/04/1944 Paris (leaflet raid)
Wellington X HE165 of 27 OTU was forced to abandon its mission and crash-landed at Lichfield.  There were no injuries to the crew.

24-25/04/1944 Sweepstake (diversion)
Wellington III BK542 of 12 OTU had an engine failure over the North Sea and was lost without trace. 
All of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

09-10/05/1944 Orleans (leaflet raid)
Wellington III BJ618 of 30 OTU crashed at Selles (Eure), 6 km south of Pont-Audemer, in unknown circumstances.  Two of the crew were captured and the other four evaded. 

15-16/05/1944 Brittany (leaflet raid)
Wellington X LP155 of 12 OTU was lost without trace. 
All of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

22-23/05/1944 Alencon (leaflet raid)
Whitley V AD701 TY-B of 24 OTU is believed to have bee shot down by flak at Sées, France.  All of the crew are buried in Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery.

30-31/05/1944 Leaflet raid
Wellington III BJ591 -O of 30 OTU had an engine fire over France and was abandoned safely by its crew over Wiltshire, crashing at Bulkington near Devizes.

09-10/08/1944 Leaflet raid
Wellington X HE828 -E of 30 OTU was hit by flak over France and was abandoned safely by its crew over Dorset, crashing at Holywell 11 miles NNW of Dorchester.

25-26/08/1944 Normandy (diversion)
Wellington X LN293 of 12 OTU crashed at Keynsham near Bristol on its return.  None of the crew survived.

29-30/08/1944 Sweepstake (diversion)
Wellington III BJ970 of 12 OTU was tasked to fly over the North Sea towards the enemy coast and was lost without trace. 
All of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington X HE444 of 12 OTU was tasked similarly and was lost without trace.  All of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Wellington X LN895 of 12 OTU was tasked similarly.  It was hit by anti-aircraft fire off Cromer, crash-landed on one engine at East Kirkby and hit a dispersal hut.  Two of the crew were injured.

14-15/01/1945 Sweepstake (diversion)
Wellington III X3465 of 27 OTU was one of 126 aircraft tasked to fly over the North Sea towards the enemy coast. On return, it crashed on landing at Wymeswold in bad weather, with the rear gunner being the sole survivor
.
Wellington X LP828 of 30 OTU was similarly tasked.  Bad weather forced the crew to abandon the aircraft, which they did safely.  The Wellington crashed into tennis courts at Wilford, Nottingham.
Wellington X LP830 -M of 30 OTU was lost in similar circumstances, crashing at Arnold, Nottingham. The crew abandoned the aircraft safely.


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