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Last updated: 3 June 2019
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Date:11-NOV-1939
Time:night
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk II
Owner/operator:77 Squadron Royal Air Force (77 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N1364
C/n / msn: AWA.1528
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bouxurulles, 6 km SW of Charmes, Vosges -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles NE of Vertus, Marne
Destination airport:Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles NE of Vertus, Marne
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.II N1364 (KN-A) of 77 Squadron, RAF. Written off (destroyed) when lost on combat operations on the night of 10-11.11.39. The crew was returning to his base in Villeneuve-les-Vertus following a "Nickel" (leaflet dropping) mission over Frankfurt. En route, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in a field located in Bouxurulles, 6 km southwest of Charmes, Vosges, France. All five crew were killed.

Crew:
Pilot: Squadron Leader JAMES ALDO BARTLETT BEGG, RAF 29158 (Killed)
Crew: Sgt RICHARD WALSH, RAF 564425 (Killed)
Crew: Sgt CHARLES THOMAS, RAF 550369 (Killed)
Crew: AC.1 HARRY TAYLOR, RAF 537970 (Killed)
Crew: AC.1 HARRY LAYBOURNE, RAF 525796 (Killed)

Sources:

1. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/45: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142128
2. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-armstrong-whitworth-aw38-whitley-v-bouxurulles-5-killed
3. http://www.aviationheritage.org/view_aircraft.asp?id=29056
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2346663/begg,-james-aldo-bartlett/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2346675/walsh,-richard/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2346674/thomas,-charles/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2346673/taylor,-harry/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2346668/laybourne,-harry/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Apr-2019 19:25 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Apr-2019 10:35 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
03-Jun-2019 23:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]

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