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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15530
Last updated: 2 November 2020
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Date:10-APR-1942
Time:23:43 LT
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:76 Squadron Royal Air Force (76 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R9484
C/n / msn: MP-G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Oer-Erkenschwick, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Middleton St. George, Durham
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Halifax II R9484 "MP-G" of 76 Squadron, RAF. Bomb raid to Essen, The crew left RAF Middleton St George at 21:02 hours for a bombing operation to Essen in Nordrhein-Westfalen. While overflying Germany, the aircraft was shot down by the German Flak and crashed in a field at Oer-Erkenschwick, 3 miles North East of Recklinghausen, Nord-Rhine-Westphalia, approximately 12 miles north west of Dortmund, Germany. All seven crew members (six RAF, one RAAF) were killed. Seven civilians on the ground were also killed, probably by bombs missing their intended target. All the crew were killed and they are buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Locality Kleve, Nordheim-Westfalen, Germany. The cemetery is 5km south west of Kleve.

Crew:
Pilot: 1255089 Flt Sgt Hewart Joseph Lambeth - Reichswald War Cemetery Coll. grave 19. A. 8-11.
Pilot: 1021801 Sgt Richard Ktchen - Reichswald War Cemetery 19. A. 12.
Flight Engineer: 567548 Sgt William Dennis Robert George - Reichswald War Cemetery Coll. grave 19. A. 8-11.
Observer: 115777 Pilot Officer John Raymond Connolly - Reichswald War Cemetery Coll. grave 19. A. 8-11.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 1168176 Sgt Murray Charles Fred Swain - Reichswald War Cemetery Coll. grave 19. A. 8-11.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 1172586 Sgt Sidney Frank Parker - Reichswald War Cemetery Coll. grave 19. A. 8-11.
Air Gunner: 400647 Sgt Charles Noel Reynolds RAAF - Reichswald War Cemetery Coll. Grave. 19. A. 8-11.


Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft Aircraft R1000 - R9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1980 page 58)
2. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
3. http://aircrewremembered.com/lambeth-hewart.html
4. https://www.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RC09125_004--1-.pdf
5. https://www.backtonormandy.org/component/mtree/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-
lost/halifax/R94841942-04-11.html
CWGC
6. Google Maps


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Mar-2008 08:33 Bleiente Added
06-Sep-2011 01:41 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Sep-2011 02:28 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]
13-Aug-2012 01:01 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
13-Aug-2012 01:01 Nepa Updated [Source]
21-Sep-2013 03:05 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
08-Jan-2016 15:01 JIXN Updated [Operator]
06-Mar-2017 00:45 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Mar-2017 00:48 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Nov-2017 21:34 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 08:48 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
17-Apr-2020 18:17 TigerTimon Updated [Date, Time, Location, Source, Narrative]

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