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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 171056
Last updated: 21 May 2020
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Type:Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Owner/operator:107 Sqn RAF
Registration: Z5794
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Missing -   Germany
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Z5794 when it departed Wattisham for an operation to Cologne on December 10/11, 1940. The aircraft failed to return and its crew became prisoners of war.
P/O (42698) Wilfred Henry CULLING (pilot) RAF - POW
W/O (746717) Arnold BROWN (obs) RAFVR - POW - killed 20/04/1945

Sgt Brown, became a POW in camps L1/L6 and 357. After liberation, Arnold and his fellow POW’s were moved from the camp during the coldest winter months of the twentieth century with blizzards and sub zero temperatures and force marched. Already weak from the years in the camp on meagre prison rations and suffering from frost bite and hunger, many succumbed to disease and starvation along the route. On reaching the village of Gresse,15 kilometres north-east of Lauenburg, on the 19th April 1945, six Royal Air Force Typhoons opened fire with rockets and bombs on the POW column as they walked along a narrow country road amidst open fields, accidentally mistaking them for retreating columns of German troops. Sixty allied POW’s were killed and many including Arnold were wounded. Tragically, Arnold died of his injuries on 20th April 1945 in Boisenburg Krankenhaus Hospital.
P/O Culling was in camp#L3,while Sgt Perry was taken to Camp L1,L6,357.


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Revision history:

08-Nov-2014 09:54 Paco Added
26-Sep-2018 10:50 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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