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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 224028
Last updated: 10 October 2019
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Date:28-OCT-1939
Time:night
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk II
Owner/operator:51 Squadron Royal Air Force (51 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K8988
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Triaucourt-en-Argonne, Meuse, 17 km north of Revigny -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles NE of Vertus, Marne
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.II K8988 ("MH-H") of 51 Squadron, RAF. Lost on combat operations on the night of 27-28.9.39. The aircraft left Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles (5.5 km) northeast of Vertus, in the Marne department in northeastern France (at approximate Coordinates: 4856′14″N 00403′30″E) at the end of the day, bound for Frankfurt on a 'Nickel' (Leaflet Dropping) mission, though the crews suffered dreadfully from the effects of the cold and the airframes from severe icing.

A few hours later, it crash landed in Triaucourt-en-Argonne, Meuse, 17 km north of Revigny. All five crewmen of 51 Squadron were slightly injured. The exact circumstances of the accident remains unknown, but airframe icing - which claimed Whitleys K8984 and K9008 on the same operation on the same night - was a likely cause.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976)
2. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-armstrong-whitworth-aw38-whitley-iii-triaucourt-en-argonne


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Apr-2019 19:10 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Apr-2019 10:35 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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