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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203258
Last updated: 15 December 2020
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Date:07-MAY-1942
Time:
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IV
Owner/operator:460 Sqn RAAF
Registration: Z1388
C/n / msn: UV-X
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:RAF Breighton -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Breighton
Destination airport:
Narrative:
After bombing the target area they made for home but were met with heavy flak and searchlights over Gravelines, the pilot took evasive action and when they were clear of the flak the pilot called all the crew on the intercom. No reply came from the second pilot so the wireless operator was tasked with looking for him. He discovered that his helmet was under the rest position bed and that his parachute was missing, there was a large hole kicked through the fuselage with a nearby escape hatch having been broken open. With there being no sign of the missing airman it was assumed that he had left the aircraft. The Wellington landed at Breighton at 05:50 on 7th May 1942 without further incident and the slight damage was repaired. No order to bale out had been given. The second pilot's body was later found in Pointe D’Oyelnt, Gravelines, France; after aircraft was seen to fly over the area at around 3,000 feet and the airman's parachute had failed to open. After a search by local people his body was found in a flax field and later in the day the German's took charge of his body and he was buried locally.

Crew
Pilot: Fg Off Thomas Harrison Bourke RAAF.
2nd Pilot:404718 Flt Sgt Henry Graham Ronaldson Corser RAAF - Pihen-les-Guines Communal Cemetery Row C. Grave 7.
Navigator:404353 Plt Off William Martin Murphy RAAF
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:407285 Sgt Richard Paterson Davis RAAF
Air Gunner:407280 Sgt Bernard George Payn Balleine RAAF
Air Gunner:402290 Sgt Ian Grantley Holborow RAAF

Sources:

Aircraft Accidents in Yorkshire


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Dec-2017 13:00 Red Dragon Added
21-Oct-2018 13:33 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Destination airport]

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