Accident Short Stirling Mk I N6073,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203546
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Date:Wednesday 20 May 1942
Time:01:13 claim
Type:Silhouette image of generic strl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:7 Sqn RAF
Registration: N6073
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Rheinland-Pfalz -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 23:05 hrs for an operation to Mannheim in Baden-Württemberg.
The aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberfeldwebel Wilhelm Engel of the 8./NJG 4, who was flying a Messerschmitt Bf 110.
Flt Sgt Tomkins was initially buried in Mannheim. After the war he reinterred in Durnbach War Cemetery.

Pilot : Sergeant Fred Tomkins RAFVR 1376539 [Killed]
Flight Engineer : Sergeant Bruce Vernon George Lewis RAF 1330978 [PoW]
Observer : Sergeant James Fisher RAF 980205 [PoW]
Navigator : Sergeant Eric Townsend RAF 626505 [PoW]
Bomb Aimer : Sergeant Frederick George Fueggle RAF 1253239 [PoW]
Mid-Upper Gunner : Flight Sergeant John Houlding Watson RCAF R/57840 [PoW, repatriated]
Rear Gunner : Sergeant John Reginald Brook RAF 1378235 [PoW]


Bomber Command Losses 1942
RAF Prisoners of War
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
Google Maps
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

History of this aircraft

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Revision history:

29-Dec-2017 15:34 Red Dragon Added
12-Nov-2018 17:00 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
29-Oct-2019 11:06 Uli Elch Updated [Registration, Operator, Location, Narrative]
05-Nov-2019 22:13 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
20-Apr-2020 13:43 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
15-May-2024 09:16 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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