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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201836
Last updated: 15 March 2021
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Date:29-MAR-1942
Time:01:07 approx
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IC
Owner/operator:103 Squadron Royal Air Force (103 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R1061
C/n / msn: PM-?
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea off Schleswig-Holstein -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Elsham Wolds
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 20:55 hrs local time for an operation to Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein.
The aircraft was coned by Marine Flak searchlights and hit by Flak of the 1. Marine-Flak-Regiment. In the end, it was damaged by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Hans Schmid of the 6./NJG 3, who was flying a Bf 110.
A distress message was received at 01:07 hrs (CET). The aircraft is presumed to have crashed into the sea off Heligoland. Plt Off ward was washed ashore 11 June 1942 and taken for burial to Langeoog Island Communal Cemetery It is also reported that Sgt Harris was recovered from the sea off Heligoland. Both have now been buried at Sage War Cemetery with Sgt Harris:

Pilot: 66580 Plt Off John Edward Ward - Sage War Cemetery 7. F. 11.
2nd Pilot: 1265550 Sgt Erskine Peter Wright - Sage War Cemetery 7. A. 1.
923344 Sgt John Robert Dodd - Runnymede Memorial Panel 81.
996595 Sgt Hugh Ian Fraser - Runnymede memorial Panel 83.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 176650 Sgt Andrew Albert Sidney Harris - Sage War Cemetery 4. C. 8.
Air Gunner: 83301 Bertram John Fyson DFC - Runnymede Memorial Panel 67.

Sources:

Bomber Command losses 1942.
CWGC.
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=R1061+
Google Maps


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Nov-2017 17:09 Red Dragon Added
25-Nov-2017 17:10 Red Dragon Updated [Source]
15-Oct-2018 14:54 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
16-Apr-2020 10:24 TigerTimon Updated [Date, Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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