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Halifax III NA702

January 28 2009 at 5:11 PM
Gary J.  (no login)
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Halifax III NA702 of ORTU.

Has anybody a record of where this Halifax took off from prior to crashing near Peterborough (Werrington) on 3rd June 1945 after collision with Wellington X LP906 of 81 OTU.
(Also the airfield from which the Wellington took off would be a bonus !)

Many Thanks

Gary J.

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home base for NA702

February 2 2009, 11:31 AM 

i do know that NA702 was with the Operational Refresher Training Unit (according to 'Halifax File') which at the time of the collision was based at Matching (Feb 1945 - Oct 1945) so that is a good starting point !

no information about the Wellington though

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Gary J
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February 2 2009, 11:37 AM 

Many thanks for that ...
Every little helps !!


Gary J.

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Re: Halifax III NA702

February 3 2009, 6:20 PM 

Hi Gary,

The most I have found on 81 OTU bases for the timeframe is either Tillstock or Sleap. Details of the geographical location can be found on the following website.

I also have the crew members of both aircraft.


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Gary J
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81 OTU

February 3 2009, 9:20 PM 

Many thanks for the pointer ....

I do actually have the full crew lists for both aircraft, ....
It's now got to the point of trying to fill in the missing pieces of the jigsaw ...

Again EVERY LITTLE helps !!!!

.. The actual crash has been miss described in the official report as taking place at Warrington.
.. In fact the crash took place near to Werrington - Peterborough .. which is a good 150 miles off course !!!

The next step would be to try and trace the full crash report !!!

Many thanks !!!

Gary J.

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chris brown
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ref wellington LP906

March 7 2009, 10:29 AM 

Hi Gary with ref to the crash 3rdjune 01.20 hrs my uncle was one of the crew on this aircraft and I am trying to research the details of the incident for my mother who has never known what actually happened . If you could share with me any information that you have I would be extremely grateful my uncle was flight sergeant Francis James Cleaver 1320722

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Tony Pringle
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Wellington from Sleap

February 2 2015, 7:34 PM 

I have four names only..Collins - Howe - Francis - Perry Must be some missing, survivors ?

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Halifax NA702

February 2 2015, 7:46 PM 

My interest is actually the Wellington. I only have four names, Collins - Howe - Francis - Perry
Were there survivors ?


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Ref Halifax Crash with Wellington Jun 1945

December 19 2016, 1:24 PM 

Hi I was researching a distant relative Jim Cunnington Sergeant 1274228 who was RAFVR and also lost his life in this incident. He died Sunday 3 Jun 1945 and was possibly in Transport command engaged in flying in repatriated prisoners back to England. The Accident is mentioned in 'The Price of Peace' - Colin Cummings 'ORTU-Halifax (Operational and Refresher Training Unit) serial NA702 collided with Wellington LP906 and crashed near Werrington, 2 miles north of Peterborough.' I found this info from a RAF Commands Forum.

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