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Royal Air Force - No. 15 Operational Training Unit
01/01/1940 - 30/06/1940

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Formed at Harwell on 8 April 1940 from the No 3 Group Pool , which comprised No's 75 and 148 Squadrons, within No 6 Group, to train night bomber crews using Wellingtons. It was transferred to No 7 Group on 15 July 1940 until 11 May 1942 when No 7 Group was renumbered No 92 Group. At this point it began training crews for overseas Wellington units. In July 1941 it moved to Mount Farm but returned to Harwell in February 1942, where it remained until disbanding on 15 March 1944.

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Operations and losses 01/01/1940 - 30/06/1940
incomplete - only fatalities are listed

13/05/1940: ?, UK. 1 a/c lost, 2 KIA

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13/05/1940: ?, UK

Wellington I.A
Serial number: N2901, -?
Operation: ?
Lost: 13/05/1940
Pilot Officer (Pilot) William M.A. Davies, RAFVR 74669, [15 OTU], age 21, 13/05/1940, Harwell Cemetery, UK
Aircraftman 2nd Class (Air Gnr.) Albert N. Pulfrey, RAFVR 742203, [15 OTU], age 23, 13/05/1940, Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery, UK
Engine failure, crashed 2 miles east from Axminster, Devon - 11.20 hrs

Sources: CWGC and Chorley, Bomber Command Losses Vol VII, page 15.

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Air of Authority - 15 OTU
Air Force POWs 1939-1945
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database
Australian War Memorial
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Prisoners of War captured in Europe 1940
RAF against odds (Time, USA, 27/05/1940)
RAF - Campaign Diary - The Battle of France (May-June 1940)
RAF Museum: British Military Aviation in 1940
RAF Order of Battle, France, 10th May 1940
Royal Air Force History Section
The Royal Air Force, 1939-1945
The Second World War - a day by day account
The War in France and Flanders, 1939-1940, by Major L.F. Ellis, 1954

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Peter D. Cornwell, The Battle of France, Then and Now, 2008

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