Australian loss/wreck puzzle

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    What can we tell about this one? Note nose guns.

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    #2 Wurger, May 5, 2015
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    I would say ... a Lockheed Ventura.


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    I was gonna say Hudson...
     
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    looks like you nailed it wojtek! :D
     
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    #5 Wurger, May 5, 2015
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    Hudson had the dorsal turret attached closer to the tail. Also a row of small windows on each side of the fuselage. While there are seen two ones only.
     
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    Unit and date?
     
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    #7 Wurger, May 5, 2015
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    The code letter seems to be SB-N and it indicates the 464 Squadron RAAF.


    Lockheed Ventura Mks.I II : September 1942 - July/August 1943

    Based :

    1 September 1942 - 3 April 1943 at the RAF Feltwell, Norfolk
    3 April 1943 - 21 July 1943 at the RAF Methwold, Norfolk
    21 July 1943 - 31 December 1943 at the RAF Sculthorpe, Norfolk


    Lockheed Ventura "SB-N" of 464 Sqn, RAAF. possibly AE847 (137-4190), crash landed and written off 26/02/1943.


    There was another SB-N of the squadron but her serial was AE876 (137-4219).

    Ventura AE876 took off from RAF Feltwell at 1220 hours on the 22 January 1943 to bomb the Maupertus drome near Cherbourg, France. Six aircraft from the Squadron took part in the raid and two of these including AE876 failed to return. The raid was carried out in conjunction with aircraft from 487 Sqn RNZAF and 21 Sqn RAF. The intention of the mission was to draw enemy fighters into combat with our own fighters cooperating from No 10 Group. AE876 was hit by flak and later crash landed on the Isle of Wight having returned on its port engine. There were no fatalities but Sgt Wood was injured.

    The next "SB-N"s of 464 Squadron :

    Ventura AJ213 (137-4351) took off from RAF Feltwell at 1120 hours on 6 December 1942 to bomb the Phillips Radio valve factory at Eindhoven, Holland. Fourteen aircraft from the Squadron took part in the raid and three of these including AJ213 failed to return
    The AJ213 was hit by the flak shortly after crossing the Dutch coast and crash landed in a field at Vrouwenpolder. Sgt S.C. Moss crew became POWs.

    Unfortunately I found that a couple of sources mentions the AJ212 (137-4350) as the SB-N crashed at Vrouwenpolder while other ones say that the AJ213 (137-4351) Ventura SB-N was shot down over Walcheroen.

    Believing the caption it's the AJ213 crashed at Vrouwenpolder.... the pic source : 06.12.1942 No. 464 Squadron Ventura II AJ213 Sgt. Moss

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    Well done, Inspector!

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    wotjek i agree with your conclusions, but that is just amazing.....
     
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    THX Gents. :)
     
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