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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202418
Last updated: 17 April 2020
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Date:11-APR-1942
Time:01:29 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IC
Owner/operator:214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron Royal Air Force (214 (Federated Malay States) Sqn RAF)
Registration: HF856
C/n / msn: BU-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gelsenkirchen-Hüllen, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall, Suffolk
Destination airport:Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Narrative:
Crashed at Gelsenkirchen-Hüllen where the crew were originally buried on 15 April 1942. All are now buried in the Reichswald Forest Memorial Site in Germany.

Crew
Pilot: 10443 Plt Off James Walter Murray - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 19. F. 4.
Pilot: R/679 Flt Sgt Harry Alyn Neal (American) RCAF - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 19. F. 1.
Navigator: 925051 Sgt Cyril Walter Penny - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 19. F. 5.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 922516 Sgt Fred Bonser - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 19. F. 6.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner 1308039 Sgt David Smith - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 19. F. 2.
Air Gunner 179138 Capt Harold MacRae Butterworth Royal Artillery - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 19. F. 3.

Due to the losses that RAF Bomber Command that had occurred especially Air Gunners, RA officers were attached to RAF Squadrons

Sources:

CWGC
Bomber Command Losses 1942.
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
Google Maps


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Dec-2017 18:18 Red Dragon Added
29-Jun-2018 09:17 ehren69 Updated [Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
04-Oct-2018 14:35 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
03-Nov-2019 11:19 Anon. Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Operator]
17-Apr-2020 18:26 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source]

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