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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203742
Last updated: 16 January 2021
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Date:31-MAY-1942
Time:01:57
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk III
Owner/operator:115 Squadron Royal Air Force (115 Sqn RAF)
Registration: Z1614
C/n / msn: KO-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tichelovenstraat street at Wijchmaal, Peer, Limburg -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:59 hrs for participation in the first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Germany.
The aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Oberleutnant Barte & Unteroffizier Pieper of the 4./NJG 1, who were flying Bf 110 D-3 G9+FM from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield - Wijchmaal 30km North of Hasselt (6A): 3,400m at 01:57.
The machine crashed at Wijchmaal, between the farms of Ulenaers and Hermans. The crew is still listed as 'missing in action'. At Heverlee however, are three 'unknown airman' graves bearing the date of May 31st:

1379351 Sgt Emrys Edwards - Runnymede Memorial Panel 82.
988755 Flt Sgt William Francis Crampton MiD - Runnymede Memorial Panel 73
1109750 Sgt Malcolm Boyle - Runnymede Memorial Panel 78.
745477 Sgt William Arnott McLeod - Runnymede Memorial Panel 89.
1177725 Sgt Hubert Sproston - Runnymede Memorial Panel 94.

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/wellington-bij-wijchmaal
Google Maps
CWGC
Bomber Command Losses 1942.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jan-2018 15:25 Red Dragon Added
28-Oct-2018 16:56 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
21-Apr-2020 09:31 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2020 09:51 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]

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