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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202448
Last updated: 19 February 2021
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Date:13-APR-1942
Time:02:08 LT
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:76 Squadron Royal Air Force (76 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R9487
C/n / msn: MP-X
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gelsenkirchen-Buer, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Middleton St George, Durham
Destination airport:Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Narrative:
The aircraft was coned by searchlights and hit by heavy (schwere) Flak. The crew were initially buried at Gelsenkirchen. After the war they were re-interred at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery:

Pilot: 404250 Plt Off Keith Francis Lloyd-Jones RAAF - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 19. B. 3-8.
Pilot: 104516 Fg Off William Culmsee - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 19. B. 3-8.
Observer: 112109 Plt Off R Fairclough PoW Stalag Luft 3 Sagan & Belaria. PoW Number 116
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 902193 Sgt Harvey Ernest Hothersall - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 19. B. 3-8.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 569291 Sgt Philip Lawrence Wheeldon - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 19. B. 3-8.
Air Gunner: 551586 Flt Sgt Richard William Albert Hawksworth, MID - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 19. B. 3-8.
Air Gunner: R/54309 Sgt Wallace Alfred Richard Moule RCAF - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 19. B. 3-8.

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
Google Maps
RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
CWGC
Bomber Command Losses 1942


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Dec-2017 16:33 Red Dragon Added
12-Nov-2018 08:45 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
17-Apr-2020 19:56 TigerTimon Updated [Date, Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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