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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203819
Last updated: 11 November 2020
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Date:31-MAY-1942
Time:01:48 LT
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:405 (Vancouver) Sqn RCAF
Registration: W7707
C/n / msn: LQ-E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Niederaußem, Bergheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Pocklington
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Operation - first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen.
The aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Leutnant Brinkhaus & Unteroffizier Keil of the 4./NJG 1, who were flying a Bf 110 E-1 from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield in Belgium.
The Halifax exploded in a huge ball of fire over Niederaußem. A witness on the ground reported that some 1,000 small fragments were found 200 metres outside of the village. The only large parts found were three propellers. The seven-man crew are all missing in action:

R/76357 Sgt Leonard Alfred Wadman RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 107.
810144 Sgt Norman Acton - Runnymede Memorial Panel 77.
R/62398 Flt Sgt Gerald Arthur Welsh RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 107.
119523 Plt Off George Edmund Sankey - Runnymede Memorial Panel 71.
NZ404616 Sgt Andrew Fraser McLean RNZAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 117.
R/98484 Sgt Warren Bryan Pickett RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 107.
917785 Sgt Douglas Henning - Runnymede Memorial Panel 85

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
Google Maps
CWGC
Bomber Command Losses 1942


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Jan-2018 17:36 Red Dragon Added
13-Oct-2018 16:50 stehlik49 Updated [Location, Destination airport]
14-Oct-2018 12:45 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
21-Apr-2020 09:11 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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