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Mission preparation of the Wellington Bomber

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There's photos of them making it back to base with extreme damage. They seem to have a lot of longitudinal strength.


A friend of mine had a grandfather who was shot down in a Wellington over Italy. The crew bailed out and all survived. He spent a couple of years as a POW and his records were interesting to read as repatriated POW's have a lot more paperwork in their records than do non POW's. Once freed, they had questionnaires to fill out to list conditions and treatment while in captivity. In the documents, he said the worst camp was the last one in Germany. He spent a winter there with no heating or blankets in the barracks, and no Red Cross parcels. Also no sport or exercise facilities and no books to read. He rated the camps in Poland as much better.

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