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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15948
Last updated: 8 September 2020
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Date:04-SEP-1939
Time:
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk I
Owner/operator:9 Sqn Royal Air Force (9 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4275
C/n / msn: WS*H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kiel Canal, BrunsbŁttel, Schleswig-Holstein -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Narrative:
On 4th September 1939, fourteen Wellington aircraft from Nos. 9 and 149 Squadrons attacked the entrance to the Kiel Canal at BrunsbŁttel, in the first raid of the war. Two of the aircraft of No.9 Squadron were lost with all crew members. These were L4268 and L4275 'KA-H', the first aircraft shot down on the western front. All five crew were killed
Crew:
Pilot: Flt/Sgt 561939 Albion John Turner RAF killed.
Pilot: Sgt 565602 Donald Edward Jarvis (24) RAF killed.
Sgt 550292 Bertie Greville Walton (20) RAF killed.
AC.2 546065 George Thomas Brocking RAF killed.
Wop/AG: AC.2 549741 Kenneth George Day (20) RAF killed.

NOTE: The official RAF Board of Inquiry file into the loss of this Wellington (File AIR 81/2) at the National Archives (see link #2) lists the serial number incorrectly as "L5275" (sic); L5275 was a Fairey Battle of 12 OTU which crashed at Little Milton, Oxfordshire on 6 August 1940

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J Hlley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/2: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141981
3. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/J.htm
4. http://www.cranstonmilitaryprints.com/wellington_ww2_aviation_prnts.htm
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2074206/turner,-albion-john/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2073866/jarvis,-donald-edward/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1809576/walton,-bertie-greville/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1530475/brocking,-george-thomas/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2107469/day,-kenneth-george/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Mar-2008 23:05 JINX Added
22-Jun-2008 14:32 JINX Updated
09-Jan-2012 07:18 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
09-Mar-2013 14:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Aug-2013 16:10 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
27-Apr-2015 18:51 ABBA Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
01-Jun-2019 15:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Jun-2019 15:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location]
15-Nov-2019 10:17 ALAN MACKAY Updated [Cn]

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