Accident Vickers Wellington Mk IC HE110, 17 Sep 1942
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Date:17-SEP-1942
Time:01:23 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers Wellington Mk IC
Owner/operator:21 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (21 OTU RAF)
Registration: HE110
MSN: SJ-Q
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Spalbeek, 8 km WNW Hasselt, Limburg -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Edgehill, UK
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 19:53 hrs local time for an operation against the Krupp works at Essen in Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Walter Barte of the 4./NJG 1, who was flying a Bf 110 from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield.

4 of the crew perished on the a/c, 1 airman was found near Kermt and 1 airman was found in a pool on the old farm. The bodies were boxed and loaded onto a truck. This one would seem to have stopped for a day (propaganda?).
They were:
P/O Stanley W. Dodge, 21 years old, pilot - Sgt Herbert C. Roake, 30 years old, pilot - P/O Claud C. Hendley-Cross, 21 years old, the observer - Sgt Kenneth D. Downing, the 19-year-old wireless operator - Sgt Armand E. Confait, 27 years old, air gunner and Sgt Kenneth J. Smith, 20 years old, air gunner. They're resting at Heverlee now.

A wing lay in a meadow opposite Jans (in the direction of Kuringen). Large parts of the a/c lay in the meadow opposite the old farm. The a/c was cleared by the Germans and loaded onto a train carriage in Kermt. (Pieter Polder - Air Crashes in Belgium)

Sources:

- Air Britain: RAF Aircraft HA100 - HZ999, published 1989

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=HE110
https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/wellington-bij-spalbeek
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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Dec-2011 10:13 Uli Elch Added
02-Jun-2020 07:34 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]

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