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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203707
Last updated: 31 October 2020
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Date:31-MAY-1942
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk III
Owner/operator:101 Squadron Royal Air Force (101 Sqn RAF)
Registration: X3670
C/n / msn: SR-F
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:München-Gladbach [now Mönchengladbach]; Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Bourn
Destination airport:RAF Bourn
Narrative:
A report from Flt Lt Brian Frow flying a Hamden from 408 Squadron stated that shortly after passing Münchengladbach he had seen two aircraft collide. He stated that he had seen a Wellington climbing, possibly to avoid flak, and collide with a Stirling from below severing the Stirlings tail. Both aircraft had plunged downwards, the Wellington exploding in mid-air whilst the Stirling exploded on impact with the ground. It is likely that the aircraft involved were Stirling W7534 of 214 Squadron and Wellington X3670 from 101 Squadron based at RAF Bourn whose crew of 5 were lost without trace.

Crew
105175 Fg Off Anthony De Faye Gardner - Runnymede Memorial Panel 69.
1280560 Sgt W H Arnold - Runnymede Memorial Panel 77.
915974 Sgt Ronald Edward Hart - Runnymede Memorial Panel 85.
1202111 Sgt Ivan Bernard Harry Spooner - Runnymede Memorial Panel 94

Sources:

Bomber Command Losses 1942
CWGC
214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron Royal Air Force Association
Google Maps


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jan-2018 20:31 Red Dragon Added
03-Jan-2018 21:32 Red Dragon Updated [Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2018 21:33 Red Dragon Updated [Phase]
29-Jun-2018 06:50 ehren69 Updated [Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
09-Oct-2018 05:48 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
21-Apr-2020 09:34 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source]

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