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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141379
Last updated: 9 May 2020
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Date:14-DEC-1939
Time:
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IA
Owner/operator:9 Sqn Royal Air Force (9 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N2956
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Wangerooge Island, Lower Saxony. -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Newmarket, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
While on a reconnaissance flight off the German coast, the aircraft was shot down by the pilot of a German Messerschmitt Bf.109 and crashed off Wangerooge Island, Lower Saxony, while attempting an emergency landing in the mainland. All six crew members were killed.

Crew (9 Squadron):
Flying Officer J. A. H. Cooper,
Flying Officer J. P. Trewby,
Sgt G. E. F. Martin,
AC.1 F. G. Hooker,
Corporal H. D. Whitehouse,
LAC R. T. Carr.

Note, however, that the official Air Ministry File (AIR 81/58) states that "Wellington N2956 failed to return from an operational flight,believed to have been hit by anti-aircraft fire, 14 December 1939". That is, shot down by AA fire and not by enemy aircraft.

Sources:

1. Air Britain: RAF Aircraft L1000 - N9999, published 1991
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/58: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142175
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/archives/air-81-raf-casualty-packs-1939-45-part-1/
4. https://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=519997.0
5. https://100548.activeboard.com/t34754351/wellington-action-141239/
6. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-408-wellington-ia-wangerooge-island-6-killed-2


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jan-2012 11:30 Uli Elch Added
14-Jan-2017 21:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2017 16:23 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
30-Oct-2018 08:21 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
04-Jun-2019 20:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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