Vickers Wellington 
Wellington R1016
recovered on the dike in the city of Hindeloopen.
August 1941
Photo provided by René Bosma
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Wellington R1016
recovered on the dike in the city of Hindeloopen.
August 1941
Photo provided by René Bosma

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Wellington B Mark X, X3595, on the ground at Brooklands, Surrey, following its conversion from a B Mark III at the Vickers Armstrongs Ltd Aviation works. The aircraft retains the unit code letters (‘AA-K’) of No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF with which it flew prior to conversion. It subsequently served with Nos. 18, 15 and 22 Operational Training Units.
.© IWM (ATP 10858C)

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Unofficial emblem painted on the side of a Vickers Wellington of No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF at Feltwell, Norfolk, depicting an 'RAF' soda-syphon spraying bombs.
© IWM (CH 2718)
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Vickers Wellington Mark IAs and ICs of No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF based at Feltwell, Norfolk, flying in loose formation over the East Anglian countryside. The New Zealand Wellington Flight was elevated to squadron status as No. 75 in April 1940, the first such Commonwealth unit in Bomber Command. The leading aircraft in the formation, P9206 'AA-A', was usually flown by the Squadron's Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader C E Kay.
© IWM (CH 467)
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A crew member on board a Vickers Wellington of No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF places night flares in position in the cramped rear fuselage. Note the Elsan chemical lavatory to the right.
© IWM (CH 478)
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The observer on board a Vickers Wellington of No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF, takes a bearing on the sun with his sextant from the astrodome.
© IWM (CH 475)
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The wireless operator and observer of one of No 75 (New Zealand) Squadron's Wellingtons pose for the official photographer, while still safely on the ground at Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, 29 June 1944.
© IWM (CH 473)
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Aircrews of No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF walking past a Vickers Wellington Mark I at Feltwell, Norfolk, before a night raid to Hamburg, Germany.
© IWM (CH 2671)
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Armourers of No 75 (New Zealand) Squadron pose with a pair of 500-pounders and give the 'thumbs up' in front of the 'Wellington Devil', a suitably decorated Wellington IC, Feltwell, 10 May 1941.
© IWM (CH 2714)
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W J Jordan, the High Commissioner for New Zealand, meets aircrews of the New Zealand Wellington Flight during a visit to Feltwell, Norfolk.
.© IWM (C 1025)
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Oblique aerial view of RAF Feltwell, Norfolk, seen from the west, looking to the Breckland beyond. Vickers Wellingtons of Nos, 57 and 75 (New Zealand) Squadrons RAF can be seen parked in front of the hangars and on the airfield perimeter, as well as on pan-shaped hard-standings in the adjoining fields. Feltwell was one of the first stations to extend its dispersals from the airfield boundary. The airfield has been camouflaged with a field pattern.
© IWM (HU 93048)
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Close-up of the damage caused to Vickers Wellington Mark IC, L7818 'AA-V', of No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF, at Feltwell, Norfolk, after returning from an attack on Munster, Germany, on the night of 7/8 July 1941. While over the Zuider Zee, cannon shells from an attacking Messerschmitt Me 110 struck the starboard wing (A), causing a fire from a fractured fuel line which threatened to to spread to the whole wing. Efforts by the crew to douse the flames failed, and Sergeant James Allen Ward, the second pilot, volunteered to tackle the fire by climbing out onto the wing via the astro-hatch (B). With a dinghy-rope tied around his waist, he made hand and foot-holds in the fuselage and wings (1, 2 and 3) and moved out across the wing from where he was eventually able to extinguish the burning wing-fabric. His courageous actions earned him the Victoria Cross. He was shot down and killed while bombing Hamburg on the night of 15/16 September 1941, in another Wellington of the Squadron.
© IWM (CH 3223)
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Sergeant James Allan Ward of No. 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF, the first New Zealander to win the Victoria Cross during the Second World War, standing in the cockpit of his Vickers Wellington Mark IC, L7818 'AA-V', at Feltwell, Norfolk.
© IWM (CH 2963)
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