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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204039
Last updated: 7 April 2021
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Date:03-JUN-1942
Time:02:57
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:102 (Ceylon) Squadron Royal Air Force (102 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R9491
C/n / msn: DY-N
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea off Harwich, Essex, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Dalton
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:35 hrs for an operation to Essen in Germany.
Homeward-bound, it crashed into the North Sea off Harwich. Probably, the aircraft was attacked by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Alois Lechner of the Ergänzungsstaffel/NJG 2, who was flying a Ju 88 C-6 from Gilze-Rijen airfield in the Netherlands.
Only Sgt Brody's body was recovered:

R/61031 WOI Frank Alex Holmes RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 101.
809173 Sgt William Longster Crowther - Runnymede Memorial Panel 81.
R/56238 WOII George Henry Herbert Marks RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 102.
953171 Sgt Stanley Arnett - Runnymede Memorial Panel 77.
971036 Flt Sgt Fred Booth Croix de Guerre - Runnymede Memorial Panel 73.
Air Gunner:1378930 Sgt David Boddy - Stockton-on-Tees (Durham Road) Cemetery Sec. 1. C. of E. Row L. Grave 16.
1312853 Sgt George Francis Jenkins - Runnymede Memorial Panel 87.

Sources:

Bomber Command Losses 1942
CWGC
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=%09R9491
Google Maps


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Jan-2018 20:13 Red Dragon Added
14-Oct-2018 17:13 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
08-Jan-2020 18:27 rvargast17 Updated [Time]
24-Apr-2020 17:51 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Narrative]
24-Apr-2020 17:54 TigerTimon Updated [Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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