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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202297
Last updated: 16 April 2020
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Date:06-APR-1942
Time:02:28
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IC
Owner/operator:304 (Ziemia Slaska) Squadron Royal Air Force (304 (Ziemia Slaska) Sqn RAF)
Registration: X9764
C/n / msn: NZ-X
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Geetbets, Vlaams-Brabant (claim location) -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Lindholme
Destination airport:RAF Lindholme
Narrative:
Takeoff at 22:58 hrs for an operation to Köln in Germany.
The aircraft fell foul of the night fighter crew of Oberleutnant Heinrich Petersen & Feldwebel Ludwig Leidenbach of the 6./NJG 1, who were flying a Bf 110 from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield.
The crew were initially buried at Sint-Truiden Cemetery on 7 April 1942. They were re-interred at Heverlee War Cemetery after the war:

Pilot: P-1570/783513 Plt Off Alfred Osadzinski - Heverlee War Cemetery
2nd Pilot: P-1586 / 783469 Plt Off Kazimierz Ziemiański - Heverlee War Cemetery 3. E. 2. Polish War Memorial RAF Northolt Panel 50.
Observer: 76775 Flt Lt Zygmunt Natkański - Heverlee War Cemetery 3. E. 5. Polish War Memorial RAF Northolt Panel 47.
Wireless Operator: 783452 Sgt Dominik Marian Grajnert - Heverlee War Cemetery 3. E. 6. Polish War Memorial RAF Northolt Panel 20
Air Gunner: P-1538 / 783390 Sgt Ludwik Karol Assman - Heverlee War Cemetery 3. E. 3. Polish War Memorial RAF Northolt Panel 1
Air Gunner: 780935 Sgt Zdzisław Babraj - Heverlee War Cemetery 3. E. 4. Polish War Memorial RAF Northolt Panel 2.

Sources:

https://304squadron.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/x9764-crash-history-second-time-unlucky.html
Bomber Command Losses 1942
Krzystek's List
Polish War Memorial RAF Northolt
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
Google Maps


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Nov-2017 20:04 Red Dragon Added
29-Jun-2018 09:17 ehren69 Updated [Operator, Location, Country, Destination airport, Narrative]
18-Oct-2018 17:15 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
28-Apr-2019 11:40 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
16-Apr-2020 17:12 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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