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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 169834
Last updated: 6 October 2020
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Date:20-APR-1942
Time:23:58
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:138 (Special Duties) Squadron Royal Air Force (138 (Special Duties) Sqn RAF)
Registration: V9976
C/n / msn: NF-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kreuth South Bavaria, Germany -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Tempsford, Gibraltar Farm
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The plane crashed into the Blue Mountains under mysterious circumstances.

F/O Ryszard Zygmuntowicz, PAF - Pilot - killed
W/C Walter Ronald (Wally) Farley, DFC, RAF -
2nd Pilot - killed
F/O James Ansford Pulton RAFVR (161 Sqdn)
- Gunner - killed
Sgt Czeslaw Madracki PAF - Navigator (Flt
Engineer?) - killed
F/Sgt Bronislaw Karbowski PAF - Rear Gunner -
killed
F/Lt Antoni Henryk Voellnagel PAF - Flight
Engineer (Navigator?) - killed
Sgt Leon Wilmanski PAF - Air Bomber (W/Op?)
- killed
Sgt Mieczyslav Wojciechowski PAF - Wireless
Op (Gunner?) - killed
Peter Starisky (Peter Schuulmburg) NKVD agent - killed
Sevolod (Visevolod?) Troussevitch (John Traun) NKVD agent - killed
Aircrew all initially buried at Kreuth and then re-interred in collective grave at Durnbach War Cemetery, Germany
Franz Löschl - passenger - killed
Lorenz Mraz - passenger - killed

Agents on board flight were Franz Löschl, underground cover name Donner Franz; and Lorenz Mraz, underground cover names Moritz Lorenz and Hofstädter Lorenz.. These were Austrian Marxists who were veterans of the Spanish Civil War and agents of Stalin
Agents were members of the OeFF(Oesterreichischen Freiheitsfront) in Moscow: Lorenz MRAZ (as Ing Rudolf HOFSTAEDTLER) and Franz LOESCHEL (as Maschinentechniker Franz MAYER). Both agents were also killed and buried with the crew

Sources:

http://www.tempsford.20m.com/v9976.html
Aircraft lost on Allied Force’s Special Duty Operations


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Sep-2014 17:32 gerard57 Added
19-Oct-2014 07:10 Repac Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
10-Dec-2017 17:06 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Oct-2018 17:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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