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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186188
Last updated: 31 July 2019
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Date:04-SEP-1939
Time:05:45
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk II
Owner/operator:58 Squadron Royal Air Force (58 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K8969
C/n / msn: GE-G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:next to River Marne, Dormans, 35 km SW of Reims -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Leconfield, East Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Leconfield, East Yorkshire
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk II K8969 "GE-G" of 58 Squadron, RAF Leconfield, East Yorkshire. Written off (lost on combat operations): Left RAF Leconfield at 22:19 LT on 3.9.39 for a Nickel raid on the Ruhr (leaflets dropping). While cruising by night, an engine failed, forcing the crew to attempt an emergency landing. Aircraft crash landed in a cabbage field located along the River Marne, on the east bank of the river, near the village of Dormans, some 35 km southwest of Reims. While all five occupants survived, but were injured, the aircraft was destroyed.

Crew (58 Squadron):
F/O J. A. O'Neill, pilot,
F/O C. S. P. Russell, pilot,
Sgt Rawles, observer,
AC1 Mitchell, radio operator,
AC1 Walker. air gunner.

Sources:

1. http://harringtonmuseum.org.uk/Aircraft%20lost%20on%20Allied%20Forces%20Special%20Duty%20Operations.pdf
2. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=3984
3, https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-armstrong-whitworth-aw38-whitley-iii-dormans
4. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1930-1939_35.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Apr-2016 18:23 gerard57 Added
09-Nov-2018 17:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
20-Mar-2019 12:26 Anon. Updated [Cn, Narrative]
15-Apr-2019 17:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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