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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203352
Last updated: 22 March 2021
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Date:09-APR-1942
Time:
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk II
Owner/operator:12 Squadron Royal Air Force (12 Sqn RAF)
Registration: W5574
C/n / msn: PH-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea -   Germany
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Binbrook
Destination airport:
Narrative:
A message was received from the aircraft at 0116 hours when over enemy territory stating that the aircraft had developed engine trouble and the Captain was proceeding to the nearest land where he and the crew would bale out. The aircraft’s position had been fixed some 24 minutes previously at 55.30N 08.24E. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft.
The bodies of Sgt’s Nicholson and Hobgen were subsequently washed ashore. Flt Sgt Roddy and Sgt’s Nicholson and Byrne are buried in the Kiel War Cemetery, Kiel,Germany. Sgt Hobgen is buried in the Kirkeby Churchyard, Denmark. The island of Roma is situated off the west coast of Jutland just north of the German frontier. Kirkeby is on the
east side of the island near its southern end. The island is connected by a causeway to the mainland. The nearest railway station is Steaebaek. Sgt’s Millar and Etherington have no known grave and their names are commemorated
on the Runnymede Memorial.

Crew
Pilot: R/78242 Flt Sgt Frederick Duggan Roddy RCAF - Kiel War Cemetery 5. C. 3.
2nd Pilot: 1376697 Sgt Alan J Millar - Runnymede Memorial Panel 89.
Observer:402698 Sgt Allan Nicholson RAAF - Kiel War Cemetery 5. B. 6.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: Sgt K E Byrne - Kiel War Cemetery 3. E. 12.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:404621 Sgt J E Hobgen RAAF - Kirkeby Cemetery Romo Island Grave 275.
Air Gunner: 999910 Sgt John R Etherington - Runnymede Memorial Panel 82.

Sources:

RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS.
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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Dec-2017 22:24 Red Dragon Added
24-Dec-2017 22:25 Red Dragon Updated [Source]
24-Dec-2017 22:26 Red Dragon Updated [Source]
24-Dec-2017 22:42 Red Dragon Updated [Source]
19-Oct-2018 14:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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