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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 215959
Last updated: 14 September 2019
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Date:18-APR-1940
Time:22:34
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V
Owner/operator:77 Squadron Royal Air Force (77 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N1352
C/n / msn: AWA.1517
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Missing - North Sea off coast of Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Kinloss, Morayshire
Destination airport:RAF Kinloss, Morayshire
Narrative:
Whitley N1352 was built to contract 75147/38 by Armstrong Whitworth Ltd at Baginton and was delivered to 78 Squadron at Dishforth in August 1939 (coded "KN-B"). The unit moved to Ternhill on 1st September 1939 and it was transferred to 77 Squadron at Driffield on that date. On 4th October 1939 this 77 Squadron aircraft collided on ground with parked Whitley K8953 at Driffield airfield and damage was sustained to both aircraft. This Whitley was repaired. Pilot - Flying Officer James Anthony Meade RAF (Service Number 39240).

The damage in the incident above was recorded as Cat.M/FA; N1352 was then repaired on site and returned to 77 Squadron. It then moved with the sqaudron to Kinloss on 15th April 1940. On Ops to Trondheim on 18th April 1940, its crew took off from Kinloss at 17.35 hours. At 22.07 hours, a distress call made, and at 22.34 hours, it ditched in North Sea. (The official Air Ministry file on the incident - File AIR 81/156 - stated "Pilot Officer R Hall: report of death; Whitley N1352 crashed off the coast of Scotland, 18 April 1940; remainder of crew survived uninjured"). The crew of HMS Basilisk arrived on the scene at 02:00 hours, and was able to rescue four crew members, the body of the captain was recovered as well.

Crew (77 Squadron):
Pilot: Pilot Officer Ronald Hall (Service Number 43151)
Navigator: Flying Officer Chance,
Bomber Aimer: Sgt Tindall,
Wireless Op/Air gunner: LAC O'Brien,
Air Gunner: AC.1 Douglas.

The aircraft was written off thereafter as Cat.W(m). Pilot Officer Ronald Hall, the sole fatality was buried at Lerwick New Cemetery at Lerwick in the Shetland Islands

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File Air 81/156: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141935
3. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york39/n1352.html
4. https://1000aircraftphotos.com/Contributions/Alfarrabista/8404.htm
5. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-armstrong-whitworth-aw38-whitley-v-north-sea-1-killed
6. https://www.flickr.com/photos/27862259@N02/2598108438/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/4033695/hall,-ronald/

Armstrong Whitworth A.W.38 Whitley N1352

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Oct-2018 18:27 Dr.John Smith Added
02-Oct-2018 18:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Nov-2018 14:05 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
10-Jun-2019 16:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Jun-2019 00:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Country]

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