Lost on Februar 24, 1944
On 24th of February 1944 "Veni Vidi Vici" (#42-30661) came to Galltofta at Rinkaby.
The plane had had engine problems and at inspection scraps of metal were found in the oil pan. The engine was later replaced. There was rather little new damage from enemy fire but many repairs from earlier cases of enemy fire. It was rather the worse for wear and had made over 30 raids.
The ten man crew had destroyed part of the radio equipment and a part of the bombsight had been thrown into the sea, interrogations were conducted by, among others, Lieutenant C G Enkrantz from the F 5 wing. Later he became a pilot in ABA and Swissair. The commander, 1st Lieutenant A R Montgomery told that the take-off had been at 5 a. m for an attack on Posen (Poznan). Oil had been belching forth from the #2 engine and therefore the propeller was feathered before the oil pressure was completely lost. They had to leave the formation and lost their orientation.They headed north and came to Rinkaby at 4.30 p m. They had then been airborne for over 12 hours (this does not tally but times given may be local; there was probably a difference of one or two hours). After the usual negotiations, this plane became one of those going to the ABA airline. It was registered SE-BAK and was flown 29 March to Linköping (SAAB factories) by airline captain Sven Gibson. Its rebuild was expected to be complete in July.
From : Lars Sundin
plane type / name
mission lost on
pilot / crew
"Veni Vedi Vici"
Crash Location Rinkaby (Sweden)