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#1 sketch



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Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:44 PM

just stumbled accross this video and was wondering if this really happened ?

March 1940, RAF Bomber lands in Germany
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#2 RAFCommands


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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:09 PM

Whitley N1387

The aircraft is shown in the newsreel but the website date is incorrect.

Details are correctly recorded here:
World War 2 - RAF 77 Squadron, May/June 1940


Edited by RAFCommands, 26 January 2012 - 07:14 PM.

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#3 nicks


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Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:15 PM

A bit more here Aircraft accidents in Yorkshire.

As Acting F/Lt Tomlin was Mentioned in Despatches on 20th February 1940 and was awarded the DFC while carrying the same rank on 17th May 1940; the citation was joint one with a number of other members of Bomber Command. "These officers and NCO's have made a large number of reconnaissance and bombing raids over enemy country and over enemy air and naval bases. One officer, compelled to land owing to shortage of petrol after a flight over Warsaw, found he was in Germany. Despite the smallness of the field and petrol shortage he managed to take off again and save both aircraft and crew. Another officer pressed home a low bombing attack on the German cruiser Admiral Soheer in Schillig Roads last Sepember. One of the NCO's obtained a direct hit on a submarine in Heligoland Bight, Two others did valuable work in attacks on enemy submarines." The reference to landing in Germany is to Tomlin. On 15/16th March 1940 Brian Tomlin was the pilot of Whitley N1387, on the return from Ops to Warsaw, Poland while flying in bad weather the crew believed they were over France and selected a large field where they made a good landing with the wheels down. The crew left the aircraft to find out where they were but soon realised they were in Germany and as German troops approached a quick take off was executed under rifle fire. They crossed the border and were able to find a French airfield and safety.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:23 PM

Great story. I would love to hear the later conversations between crew and Navigator!
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:05 PM

I read somewhere that during 1940 or so, it was considered quite a jape for a Luftwaffe bomber to land on Newmarket racecourse returning from Midlands night raids before obstacles were placed thereon; a crewmember would alight and tug up a tussock of grass to take back to base as a souvenir and proof of their achievement. One ac came to grief being unable to take off again and was captured with it's crew. Evidently they were so cocksure of themselves that a couple of mess waiters were numbered among them who had gone along for a jolly!
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