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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203259
Last updated: 13 May 2020
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Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IV
Owner/operator:460 Sqn RAAF
Registration: Z1254
C/n / msn: UV-L
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Mannheim (BW) -   Germany
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:RAF Breighton
Destination airport:
Crashed in the vicinity of Mannheim. Those who perished were initially buried here. After hostilities they were reinterred at Durnbach War Cemetery. In a later statement by Sgt Lake he reported the aircraft was caught in searchlights and shortly after set on fire by flak. The aircraft was enveloped in flames in a matter of seconds. Nothing was heard from the Captain and Lake baled out at approx 11000 feet and landed in a village about 01:30 and was captured by police after daylight. No others had baled out and shortly after he left the aircraft there was an explosion. The aircraft was hit near Karlsruhe.

Pilot: 39458 Sqn Ldr Colin Leslie Gilbert - Durnbach War Cemetery 2. G. 4.
2nd Pilot:404705 Sgt Reginald Henry Murphy RAAF - Durnbach War Cemetery 2. G. 2.
Observer:400335 Sgt John Robert Shearer RAAF - Durnbach War Cemetery 2. G. 3.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 1169818 Sgt Christopher Norman Dixon - Durnbach War Cemetery 2. G. 5.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: R/56267 Flt Sgt Kenneth Andrew Fogg RCAF - Durnbach War Cemetery 2. G. 1.
Air Gunner:404421 Sgt J G Lake - Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug. PoW Number 66.


Bomber Command Losses 1942.
RAF Prisoners of War

Revision history:

23-Dec-2017 13:59 Red Dragon Added
21-Oct-2018 13:33 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Destination airport]
29-Oct-2019 11:07 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location]
01-Nov-2019 19:33 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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