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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204146
Last updated: 26 October 2020
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Time:01:25 LT
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:10 Squadron Royal Air Force (10 Sqn RAF)
Registration: W7696
C/n / msn: ZA-H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:north of Liblar, Erftstadt, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Leeming
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 22:59 hrs for an operation against the steel-producing town of Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen.
The aircraft was coned by searchlights and hit by heavy (schwere) Flak.
Those who did not survive rest at Rheinberg War Cemetery:

Pilot:1168914 Flt Sgt Patrick George Rochford DFM - Rheinberg War Cemetery 1. F. 16.
569436 Sgt R E Shannon PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 525.
Navigator:403610 Fg Off Edward Basil Hamilton Openshaw RNZAF - Rheinberg War Cemetery 1. F. 17.
570365 WO E A Stubley PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 530.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:1056236 Sgt Llewelyn Clifford Matthias - Rheinberg War Cemetery 1. F. 18.
R/101656 Sgt A G Hunter RCAF PoW Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug. PoW Number 510.
J/15453 Fg Off R N Speer RCAF PoW Stalag Luft 3 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 529.


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Revision history:

10-Jan-2018 19:22 Red Dragon Added
02-Nov-2018 19:14 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
21-May-2019 10:26 Anon. Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
25-Apr-2020 15:54 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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