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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141367
Last updated: 4 June 2020
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Date:18-DEC-1939
Time:
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IA
Owner/operator:9 Sqn Royal Air Force (9 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N2983
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, off Cromer, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
While performing a reconnaissance flight off the German coast, the bomber was attacked by the pilot of a German fighter. The crew was able to leave the combat area and attempted to return to his base in Suffolk. While approaching the British coast, the crew was forced to ditch the aircraft. The crew of a vessel christened 'Erillas' was quickly on the scene and was able to evacuate four injured occupants while the fifth was killed.

Crew (all from 9 Squadron):
Sgt John Richardson Ramshaw, pilot,
Sgt Robert Hewitt, copilot,
LAC D. J. Connolly, wireless operator and air gunner,
LAC Walter Lilley, air gunner (aged 21, Service Number 538024, KIA)
AC1 Charles Ronald Driver, air gunner.

12 out of 22 Wellingtons shot down on this mission.

Sources:

1. Air Britain: RAF Aircraft L1000 - N9999, published 1991
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/62: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142179
3. http://aircrewremembered.com/ramshaw-john.html
4. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-408-wellington-ia-north-sea-1-killed
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1078715/lilley,-walter/
6. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=32078
7. https://www.heligoland39.org/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jan-2012 10:49 Uli Elch Added
28-Apr-2018 23:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Nov-2018 22:20 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
04-Jun-2019 20:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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