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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53070
Last updated: 17 February 2021
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Date:08-NOV-1941
Time:00:02 LT
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk I
Owner/operator:35 (Madras Presidency) Squadron Royal Air Force (35 (Madras Presidency) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L9603
C/n / msn: TL-P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Imbosch woods at Rozendaal, Gelderland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 20:07 hrs local time for a Rover Patrol (searchlight-suppression).
The aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Leutnant Herbert Lütje of the Stab III./NJG 1 who operated a Bf 110 from Twente airfield.
Four crew members survived and were taken prisoner by German occupation forces.
Three crew member did not survive the crash:

Pilot P/O. G. Whitaker 45055 RAF / Rozendaal cemetery; grave 653 / 20 years old
Flight Engineer Sgt. E.R. Thomas 618140 RAF / Rozendaal cemetery; grave 654
Navigator F/O. M.O. Stephens RNzAF / prisoner of war
Wireless Operator Sgt. R.R. Drummond RAF / prisoner of war
Air Gunner Sgt. R.F. Thompson 974372 RAF / Rozendaal cemetery; grave 652 / 23 years old
Air Gunner F/Sgt. C.R. Witcher RAF / prisoner of war
Air Gunner Sgt. A.R. Kilminster RAF / prisoner of war
R.I.P.

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T1328&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
Google Maps
http://home.kpn.nl/witie/15%20Vliegers.html
2020 Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
20-Apr-2014 08:49 gerard57 Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Narrative]
20-Apr-2014 21:43 Nepa Updated [Operator]
26-Oct-2018 18:34 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
11-Apr-2020 19:44 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Apr-2020 07:12 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]

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