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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172854
Last updated: 10 November 2020
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Date:12-MAY-1940
Time:14:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:105 Squadron Royal Air Force (105 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K9485
C/n / msn: GB-B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hauters-le-Christ, Bouillon -   Luxembourg
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Villeneuve-les-Vertus, France
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fairey Battle Mk.I K9485 "GB-B" of 105 Squadron, RAF. Lost in combat operations, with all three crew on board killed. Taking off at 14:30 from Villeneuve-les-Vertus to attack St.Hubert. This aircraft is believed to have been hit by ground fire, crashing at Hauters-le-Christ, Boullion, Luxembourg, during the attack on a bridge at Bouillon at 15.05 hours. The crew were buried near the crash site. The crew were re-interred post war at buried Bouillon Communal Cemetery, Luxembourg.

Crew of Battle K9485:
Pilot Officer Tom Hurst (Pilot, Service Number 33388, aged 22): killed in action, buried Bouillon Communal Cemetery, Luxembourg. Son of Edgar James Hurst, M.A., and Elizabeth Hurst, of Purley, Surrey, England. Awarded King's Gold Medal, R.A.F. College, Cranwell. 1938.
Sgt. William John Anning (Navigator, Service Number 525720, aged 26): killed in action, buried Bouillon Communal Cemetery, Luxembourg. Husband of Vera Jessie Anning, of Heavitree, Exeter, England.
L.A.C. Clifford Ronald Wells (Wireless Op./Air Gunner, Service Number 551357, aged 19): killed in action, Bouillon Communal Cemetery, Luxembourg. Son of William Albert and Harriet Holloway Wells, of Reading, Berkshire, England.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 p 78)
2. The Battle File (Sidney Shail, Air Britain, 1997 p 138)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/291: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142140
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2258945/hurst,-tom/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2258944/anning,-william-john/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2258946/wells,-clifford-ronald/
7. http://www.aircrewremembered.com/hurst-tom.html
8. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/105_squadron.html
9. http://www.worldnavalships.com/directory/airframeprofile.php?FrameID=23233
10. https://www.hangarflying.eu/erfgoedsites/graven-anning-hurst-wells-battle-1-k9485-gb-83-105sqn/
11. https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/2574/Commonwealth-War-Graves-Bouillon.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2015 09:29 Dr. John Smith Added
21-Mar-2015 14:31 pietrzak Updated [Cn]
16-Oct-2018 19:19 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
18-Jun-2019 16:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
18-Jun-2019 16:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
18-Jun-2019 16:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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