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Old 04-02-2014, 11:49
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Default A Spot of Gardening by Ivan Berryman

A Spot of Gardening by Ivan Berryman
Released February 2014

Wellington Mk.III X3671 of 156 Sqn piloted by P/O Fox is depicted laying mines in the Estuary of the Loire on the night of 16th April 1942 in the Bay of Biscay. Just three days later, P/O Fox failed to return from a similar 'Gardening' sortie whilst flying Wellington X3485.

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Old 04-02-2014, 14:23
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A good solid portrayal of a minelaying Wellington bomber operating on a moonlit night over a large estuary.

"Spot of Gardening" sounds too innocuous to be dangerous; but it was an extremely dangerous trade-all told 450 aircraft of RAF Bomber Command -of all makes -and crews were lost on "subsidiary" minelaying operations in WW2.
Mr Berry shows the proximity to the shore that such work was undertaken-see the searchlights probing the night sky.The aircraft flying at low level made it particularly vulnerable to enemy warships and low flying nightfighters.

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