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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203680
Last updated: 6 December 2020
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Date:31-MAY-1942
Time:02:46
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IC
Owner/operator:15 OTU RAF
Registration: R1791
C/n / msn: EO-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rue de Gozée road, Montigny-le-Tilleul, province of Hainaut -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Harwell
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:14 hrs for participation in the first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Leutnant Helmut Niklas & Unteroffizier Heinz Wenning of the 6./NJG 1, who were flying Bf 110 E-2 G9+GP from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield - Montigny-le-Tilleul 5km SW Charleroi at 02:46.
Those who did not survive rest at Charleroi Communal cemetery:

Pilot:745094 Sgt D J Paul DFM PoW
Observer:550338 WO Stanley Maurice Green - killed
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:624994 Flt Sgt Thomas Leo Lyons - killed
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:645923 Sgt James McCormack - killed
Air Gunner: Flt Sgt Bernard Evans DFM- Evaded

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/wellington-bij-montignies-le-tilleul
Bomber Command Losses 1942
CWGC
RAF Prisoners of War
Google Maps



Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Jan-2018 22:25 Red Dragon Added
20-Feb-2018 17:15 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2020 12:28 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2020 12:29 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]

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