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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202250
Last updated: 11 December 2020
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Date:02-APR-1942
Time:04:14
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk III
Owner/operator:57 Squadron Royal Air Force (57 Sqn RAF)
Registration: X3425
C/n / msn: DX-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:west of Opoeteren, Maaseik, Limburg (claim location) -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Feltwell
Destination airport:RAF Feltwell
Narrative:
Takeoff at 21:55 hrs local time for an operation to railway junctions at Hanau-Lohr in Hessen, Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Oberleutnant Ludwig Bietmann & Unteroffizier Wolfgang Reinicke of the 6./NJG 1, who were flying a Bf 110 from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield.
The crew were initially buried at the Allied Cemetery on the airfield of St-Trond ( Belgium ) by the Germans on 4 April 1942. They were re-interred at Heverlee War Cemetery after the war:

Pilot: 991771 Flt Sgt Thomas Roper - Heverlee War Cemetery Coll. grave 7. H. 1-6.
Pilot: 1290876 Sgt Alan Frederick Logan - Heverlee war Cemetery Coll. grave 7. H. 1-6.
Observer: 1175892 Sgt John Southy Palmer - Heverlee War Cemetery Coll. grave 7. H. 1-6.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 13760432 Sgt Wilfred Thorpe - Heverlee War Cemetery Coll. grave 7. H. 1-6.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 986416 Sgt George Eltringham - Heverlee War Cemetery Coll. grave 7. H. 1-6.
Air Gunner: 1113588 Sgt John Kay Sharp - Heverlee War Cemetery Coll. grave 7. H. 1-6.

Sources:

CWGC
https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/wellington-boven-noord-belgi%C3%AB
RAF Commands Archive
Bomber Command Losses 1942
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=X3425
Google Maps


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Nov-2017 17:24 Red Dragon Added
29-Jun-2018 09:17 ehren69 Updated [Location, Country, Destination airport, Narrative]
07-Nov-2018 19:20 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
16-Apr-2020 15:28 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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