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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225899
Last updated: 8 June 2019
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Date:28-MAR-1940
Time:night
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V
Owner/operator:77 Squadron Royal Air Force (77 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N1351
C/n / msn: AWA.1515
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gerolstein, Vulkaneifel district of Rhineland-Palatinate -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V N1351 of 77 Squadron, RAF: The crew was performing a reconnaissance mission over Germany and left RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire at 22:40 LT on March 27. While flying over the region of Prüm, in the early hours of March 28, the aircraft was hit by Flak and crashed in an open field located south of Gerolstein, Vulkaneifel district of Rhineland-Palatinate, some 18 km northeast of Prüm (at approximate Coordinates: 50°13′26″N, 6°39′41″E). One crew member was killed while the other four occupants survived to be taken as POWs.

Crew of Whitley N1351
Pilot Officer Graham Louis Norman (Service Number 70871) - killed in action; buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery
Flight Lieutenant L B J Boardman, (Service Number 37931) POW, detained at Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria
Warrant Officer W R Taylor, POW
Leading Aircraftman J Masters POW
Warrant Officer W Cowie POW

All except P/O Norman survived, were captured, and taken as prisoners of war

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/106: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141928
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-armstrong-whitworth-aw38-whitley-gerolstein-1-killed
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2048322/norman,-graham-louis/
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerolstein
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pr%C3%BCm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jun-2019 22:37 Dr. John Smith Added
06-Jun-2019 22:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
08-Jun-2019 10:39 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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