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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141381
Last updated: 2 February 2020
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Date:14-DEC-1939
Time:14:25
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IA
Owner/operator:99 Squadron Royal Air Force (99 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N2986
C/n / msn: LN-F
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Off Wangerooge Island, Schilling Road, north of Wilhelmshaven -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Newmarket, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Took off from Newmarket 11:43 hrs on 14 December 1939 for Naval Reconniassance. Shot down by flak at 14:25 from enemy ships during raid while attacking the light cruiser Nurnburg at Schilling Road, north of Wilhelmshaven and crashed into the sea. All six crew killed

Crew of Wellington N2986
Corporal T Dodds,
Corporal E Corry,
Aircraftman 2nd Class H Houldsworth,
Sergeant R Allon,
Sergeant C D Caldwell and
Sergeant R H J Brace:

The official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/58) states "missing presumed dead; Wellington N2986 failed to return from an operational flight, believed to have crashed at sea, 14 December 1939". 99 Squadron lost six aircraft this day on Naval Reconniassance missions.

Sources:

1. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/60: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142177
3. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/22.htm
4. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-408-wellington-ia-wangerooge-island-6-killed-3
5. https://internationalbcc.co.uk/losses/4886/
6. http://www.bomber-command.info/c99wellloss.htm
7. http://www.adf-serials.com.au/nz-serials/nzwellington.htm .


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jan-2012 11:35 Uli Elch Added
09-Mar-2013 18:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Jun-2013 14:00 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
21-Aug-2013 09:12 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source]
27-Apr-2015 18:52 ABBA Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
04-Jun-2019 18:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Jun-2019 20:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
08-Jun-2019 09:40 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Location]

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