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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226048
Last updated: 11 June 2019
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Date:25-APR-1940
Time:night
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk IV
Owner/operator:102 Squadron Royal Air Force (102 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N1383
C/n / msn: AWA.1547
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Store Vildmose, near Aalborg, Nordjylland -   Denmark
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Driffield, East Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Driffield, East Yorkshire
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.IV N1383 (DY-H) of 102 Squadron RAF: Lost on combat operations 25 April 1940. Took off from RAF Driffield, East Yorkshire at 22:48. Whitley N1383 failed to return from a flight to attack Aalborg Aerodrome, Aalborg, Denmark, 25 April 1940. It was shot down and crashed at Store Vildmose, near Aalborg, Nordjylland. While approaching the target by night, the aircraft was shot down by Flak. One crew member was able to bail out before the aircraft crashed in a huge explosion and was totally wrecked. All four other occupants were killed.

Crew of Whitley N1383:
Aircraftman 2nd Class Cyril Cecil Whitley (Wireless Op, Service Number 632190)
Sergeant Normsn Haithwaite (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, Service Number 524167, aged 22)
Flying Officer Owen Gerard Horrigan (Pilot, Service Number 39525, aged 26)
Sergeant J F Hayes (Observer, Service Number 580893)
Sergeant V R Barr: survived, captured, became prisoner of war (POW)

All four fatalities were buried at Vadum Cemetery, Denmark. Store Vildmose is bogland located in northern Jutland, Vendsyssel, about 20 km north-west of Aalborg. It is the remnant of an extensive raised peat bog, in large part drained by constructed canals in the early 20th century at approximate Coordinates: 5713′26″N 946′55″E.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/173: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141974
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-armstrong-whitworth-aw38-whitley-v-vadum-4-killed
4. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/yorkshire/york39/n1383.html
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2271623/whitley,-cyril-cecil/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2271603/haithwaite,-norman/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2271607/horrigan,-owen-gerard/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2271606/hayes,-john-francis/
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Store_Vildmose


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jun-2019 22:57 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Jun-2019 23:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Jun-2019 05:48 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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