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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53419
Last updated: 25 March 2017
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Date:12-MAR-1941
Time:21:45hrs
Type:Vickers Wellington IC
Owner/operator:218 (Gold Coast) Sqdn, Royal Air Force (RAF)
Registration: R1326
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gouwe Sloot near Opperdoes -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk (KNF/EGYM)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Ic, R1326, 'HA-G' of 218 (Gold Coast) squadron RAF took off for a mission to Bremen in Germany from RAF Marham, Norfolk. Failed to return from a raid on the Focke-Wulf Works at Bremen on March 12/13th 1941.

Wellington MkIc HA-G R1326 was shot down by Feldwebel Hans Rasper of IV./NJG1 at 21.46hrs, the aircraft crashed into the river at Gouwe Sloot near Opperdoes. The crew were initially buried in the New General Cemetery Opperdoes. The crash site was investigated and items removed by the Dutch Air Force in September 1972.Of the six crew, the four killed named as

Sgt. W.J. Chamberlain,
Sgt. J.H. Collopty,
Sgt. E.J. Coult
F/O W.P. Crosse.

The other two crew members bailed out one was taken prisoner, and one may have survived the war in hiding

Sources:

1. https://218squadron.wordpress.com/vickers-wellington-am-form-78-copies-r-series/
2. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/wellington/R13261941-03-13.html
3. http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1941%20sec_tcm5-7282.pdf
4. https://218squadron.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/r1326.jpg
5. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/26.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
15-Jan-2017 23:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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