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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Wellington LP204 Attack on Pardubice Refinery

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During the attack on the Pardubice Refinery on the night of 21-22 July, the 205th Bomb Group RAF came in total by three Wellington aircraft. Two crashed in southern Moravia, one landed at Pardubice. In total, this group lost six bombers, but not one single bomber hit, so the action may be called a fiasco.

One of the aircraft that this bomber group lost was Wellington Mk. X, serial number LP 204 labeled "L". The machine was attacked by a German night fighter south of Jihlava and was badly damaged. There was a fire after which the crew attempted an emergency landing. The plane fell about 1.5 kilometers east of Nemčičky village. Shortly after the impact, one of the bombs exploded on the deck and swept the parts of the machine into a wide area. The crew died on the spot. The site was guarded by the gendarmerie, and three days after the crash, the remains of the machine were torn by German troops. The remains of the five fallen pilots were transported by the Germans to the Znojmo town cemetery, where a burial took place on 26 July 1944. Only three of the pilots were identified. F / Sgt. Palmer, F / Sgt. Jones and Sgt. Owen. In 1947 the pilots were transported from Znojmo to Prague-Olšan, where they are still resting.

In 1990 Mikulovice and Němčičky were unveiled a monument commemorating the tragic event of the summer of 1944. The monument is located a few hundred meters from the crash site.

The event is dealt with in detail in Jan Mahar's book "Memories of Unknown Airmen" / 2011 /

SY 30 May 2017

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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