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History[]

Built at Chester[3]L7788 left the factory on the 24th of April, 1940 and was delivered on April 28th 1940 to 9 Sqn RAF. Transferred to 311 Sqn RAF in September 1940, L7788 was lost on September 24th, 1940[4] while on a mission to Berlin, when it was forced to make an emergency landing.[5][6] After the aircraft received German markings, it was flown to the Luftwaffe’s Rechlin test facility.[7]

L7788's subsequent fate is unknown.

Notes[]

  1. The Luftwaffe insignia is already in place, but the aircraft has not yet received the traditional yellow underside paint used by the Luftwaffe’s Rechlin test facility.[1]

Sources[]

  1. http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/394/language/en-CA/WTF.aspx
  2. https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=53764
  3. Robertson, Bruce. British Military Aircraft Serials 1912-1966. Ian Allen Ltd. 1967 Page 112
  4. Rijnhout, Bart M. 'Het Mysterie van de L7788'. De Walburg Pers, Zutphen, 1979. ISBN 90-6011-185-0.
  5. Rijnhout, Bart M. and Rennison, John P. 'The Sky is our Ocean'. Wyt Uitgevers, Rotterdam, 1980. ISBN 90-6007-141-7. p.22.
  6. https://fcafa.com/2012/01/19/wellington-aircraft-of-311-sqn/
  7. Rijnhout, Bart M. 'Het Mysterie van de L7788'. De Walburg Pers, Zutphen, 1979. ISBN 90-6011-185-0. pp.133-149.
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