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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141365
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:18-DEC-1939
Time:12:30 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IA
Owner/operator:9 Sqn Royal Air Force (9 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N2940
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:on Wilhelmshaven raid -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Wellington N2940 failed to return from an operational flight, 18 December 1939. Probably shot down by fighter during raid on Wilhelmshaven. 12 out of 22 Wellingtons shot down on this mission.

Crew of Wellington N2940
P/O Eric Francis Lines, pilot,
F/S Alfred Kitto Fearnside, copilot,
AC.1 Edward Malcolm George Polhill, wireless operator and air gunner,
LAC Alex Morrison Dickie, air gunner,
AC.2 Clifford Walker, air gunner.

All posted as "missing presumed dead"; Wellington N2940 had been allocated to the RNZAF as N315, but was dirverted before delivery, and had not been delivered

Sources:

1. Air Britain: RAF Aircraft L1000 - N9999, published 1991
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/64: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142181
3. https://internationalbcc.co.uk/losses/33450/
4. http://www.adf-serials.com.au/nz-serials/nzwellington.htm
5. http://aircrewremembered.com/lines-eric.html
6. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-408-wellington-ia-wilhelmshaven-5-killed
7. http://www.bomber-command.info/c9wellloss.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jan-2012 10:43 Uli Elch Added
04-Jun-2019 20:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2019 09:42 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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