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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52809
Last updated: 5 March 2021
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Date:09-JUN-1942
Time:03:45 LT
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:405 (Vancouver) Sqn RCAF
Registration: W7708
C/n / msn: LQ-H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bruchem, Gelderland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 22:57 hrs for an operation to Essen in Germany.
Having suffered Flak damage, the aircraft was finished off by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Werner Rowlin of the 8./NJG 1, who was flying a Bf 110 from Twente airfield - (claim) 2 km south of Zaltbommel (4A). J/6144 F/L James C Wernham, Canadian, born 15-Oct-1917, 405 Sqdn (shot down 8/9-June-1942, Halifax II, W7708 LQ:H), recaptured at Hirschberg, murdered 31-Mar-1944 by Lux, place of cremation unknown.
The pilot was the only one who managed to evade capture:

Pilot:C/1107 Flt Lt John Angus Maclean RCAF - Evaded
Flight Engineer:544866 Sgt Shields PoW
Observer:J/6144 Plt Off James Chrystall Wernham MiD RCAF - PoW Stalag Luft Zagan & Belaria. Executed on 29 March 1944 by Lux. Buried at Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery 8. C. 2.
Bomb Aimer:997362 Sgt W J Forbes PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 539.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner :R/68554 Sgt W C Kerr RCAF PoW Stalag Luft Heydekrug. PoW Number 540.
Air Gunner:R/68554 Flt Sgt G B Porter RCAF PoW Stalag Luft Heydekrug. PoW Number 543.
Air Gunner:R/59688 Flt Sgt H Olsen RCAF PoW Stalag Luft Heydekrug. PoW Number 542

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T1593&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
Google Maps
http://www.evasioncomete.org/fmacleaja.html
RAF Prisoners of War
http://robdavistelford.co.uk/webspace/gt_esc/
CWGC


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
08-Jun-2017 20:18 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Jan-2018 15:01 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Cn, Source, Narrative]
13-Jan-2018 15:01 Red Dragon Updated [Operator]
13-Jan-2018 15:16 Red Dragon Updated [Source]
13-Oct-2018 16:50 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Destination airport]
29-Apr-2020 18:44 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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