ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: BOMBER COMMAND

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  • CH 9389
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  • object name: Official photograph
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The crew of an RAF Air/Sea Rescue launch haul in a dinghy with two exhausted survivors from a No 166 Squadron Wellington, HE862/AS-L, which ditched off the French coast after developing engine trouble on its way to Mannheim on 16 April 1943. Flying Officer R Lord (facing camera) and Flying Officer E Hadingham (out of sight) drifted for five days before being picked up. They survived on rainwater, 18 Horlicks tablets and a bar of chocolate between them.

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