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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 224024
Last updated: 23 April 2019
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Date:09-SEP-1939
Time:
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk II
Owner/operator:77 Squadron Royal Air Force (77 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K8961
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Buc Airport, Buc, Yvelines -   France
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:Buc Airport, Buc, Yvelines
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.II K8961 "KN-D" of 77 Squadron, RAF. Written off (damaged beyond repair) on combat operations 9.9.39. One of the crew members was Flying Officer Gordon Learmouth "Raffy" Raphael. He departed for his mission at 23:35. Aircraft took off from RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire, with the target being Essen, Germany. (Aircraft routed RAF-Driffield-Essen-Buc Airport)

After landing at Buc Airport, crew vacated the runway to reach their allocated parking place, when the aircraft collided with a parked Dewoitine. All five crewmen were evacuated safely while both aircraft were damaged beyond repair. Visibility was reduced due to foggy conditions. Crew from 77 Squadron.

Sources:

1. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-armstrong-whitworth-aw38-whitley-iii-buc
2. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/whitley/24497-K89611939-09-09.html
3. http://acesofww2.com/can/aces/raphael.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Apr-2019 18:17 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Apr-2019 10:33 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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