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Sqdn Type No Accident Crew
Feltwell 75 Wellington Wellington dispersal at Feltwell, home of No 75 Squadron from April 1940 to August 1942. Although most key airmen were New Zealand nationals, crews were frequently made up with men from Britain and other Commonwealth countries. For by the end of the war nearly a thousand members of No 75 were either dead or had been taken prisoner—one of the highest casualty rates in Bomber Command.  
115 Wellington X3662
In flying more Wellington sorties than any other squadron in Bomber Command, it also suffered the highest losses with the type — more than a hundred, including crash-landings. X3662/KO:P was a survivor and after 36 raids was retired to serve with No 20 OTU. It was lost in a ditching off Skye on 8 October 1943.  
September 1942 405 Halifax IW7802
Here, back from a flight, the weary crew of W7802/LQ:Q enter RAF transport at Topcliffe in September 1942. This Halifax and its regular crew, captained by Sgt J.T. Campbell, failed to return from the Flensburg raid of 1/2 October 1942. captain Sgt J.T. Campbell & crew
Topcliffe 102 Whitley T4261
No 102 was the Ceylon squadron and T4261/ DY:S, seen here in the snow at Topcliffe, was recognised as the Whitley which had been contributed by Ceylon. Unhappily, it did not endure for long, failing to return from Cologne on the night of 1/2 March 1941  
March 1940
102 Whitley N1421
was lost to flak during an attack by six Whitleys on Fornebu airfield, Norway, on 29/30 April 1940  
was shot down on an Augsburg raid, 16/17 August 1940  
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Watton 82 Blenheim IV Р6915
Blenheim IV Р6915 UX-A of 82 Squadron at RAF Watton, was shot down on 7 June 1940.  
West Raynham
6 June 1941
35 Halifax L9506
On 6 June 1941 Winston Churchill visited West Raynham to review the RAF's latest bombers. Wg Cdr R. W. P. Collings, CO of No 35 Squadron, demonstrated Halifax L9506/TL:X for the Prime Minister. Ten nights later L9506 was shot up by a night fighter over Hanover and struggled back to crash-land at Bircham Newton.  
February 1944 619 Lancaster BIII LM446
Here photographed above an undercast a few days after it was received by No 619 Squadron at Coningsby on 31 January 1944, Lancaster B.III LM446/PG:H would fail to return from an attack on the Gnome-Rhone aero-engine factory at Gennevilliers, France, on 9/10 May 1944.  
Kirmington 166 Lancaster ED731
Lancaster ED731/AS:T2 of No 166 Squadron. It completed more than 70 sorties before being lost on 24/25 March 1944 in the last major RAF Bomber Command raid of the war on Berlin, when 72 'heavies' were lost.  
10 April 1942
7 Stirling W7520
was lost in a collision with an Me 110 night fighter over Belgium at May 1942  
survived until January 1944, when its undercarriage collapsed at Wratting Common