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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18746
Last updated: 20 November 2017
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Date:31-MAY-1940
Time:16:00 LT
Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:24 Sqn RAF
Registration: W6457
C/n / msn: 6445
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Auneuil, Oise department, just SW of Beauvais -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
c/no.6445: Registered G-AFSO 21.4.39 to Western Airways Ltd, Weston-super-Mare. C of A 6554 issued 22.5.39. Operated by 24 Squadron, Hendon from 10.10.39. Registration G-AFSO cancelled 4.1.40 as sold.

Impressed into RAF as W6457 on 1.3.40, retained by 24 Squadron. Forced landed near Auneuil, Oise Department, France 31.5.40 during evacuation, and destroyed by German machine gun fire.It was apparently attacked by three Luftwaffe Bf.110s, forced to land and then strafed at 16:00 hours (local tine) on 31 May 1940. I believe the location was near Auneuil, Oise Department, just SW of Beauvais. According to an entry in the 24 Squadron RAF Operation Record Book:

"31 May 1940: Flying Officer Ogilvie and three passengers and one wireless operator forced down after several successful manoeuvres near Aneuil. Enemy set fire to aircraft with machine-gun fire, causing total loss to DH 89A No. W6457. No casualties"

Struck off charge 3.6.40.

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh89.pdf
2. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AFSO.pdf
3. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/OldAccs/May40.html
4. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=23091
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p064.html
6. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/80-register-gb-g-af
7. http://www.24sqnassociation.royalairforce.net/issue7.htm
8. http://www.airliners.net/photo/Western-Airways/De-Havilland-DH-89-Dragon-Rapide/2275793


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
01-Jan-2012 21:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Registration, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Jun-2012 12:09 Nepa Updated [Operator]
26-Oct-2017 22:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Total fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 22:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 22:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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