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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203745
Last updated: 10 November 2020
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Date:31-MAY-1942
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IV
Owner/operator:142 Squadron Royal Air Force (142 Sqn RAF)
Registration: Z1209
C/n / msn: QT-Z
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:missing - North Sea (presumably off Belgium) -
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Grimsby
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:02 hrs for participation in the first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Germany.
Possibly, the aircraft was damaged by a Ju 88C night fighter based at Gilze-Rijen airfield in the Netherlands and belonging to Nachtjagdgeschwader 2.
Flt Sgt Smyth - His mortal remains washed up after a few months on the beach between Ostend and Bredene after which he was buried there. After the war his remains were transferred to the Canadian military cemetery in Adegem. Flt Sgt Watson - His remains were washed ashore near Zeebrugge and was buried in the municipal cemetery. After the war his remains also became transferred to the Canadian military cemetery in Adegem, Belgium:

Pilot:J/7473 Plt Off George Henry Chaffey RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 100.
Observer:R/80105 Flt Sgt James William Smyth RCAF - Adegem Canadian War Cemtery IV. F. 10.
Bomb Aimer:1023590 Sgt George Samuel Watson - Adegem Canadian War Cemetery III. AB. 9.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: J/15435 Plt Off Joseph Morgan McAleavey RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 100.
Air Gunner: 1341681 Sgt Ian Currie MacKeand - Runnymede Memorial Panel 88.

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=Z1209+
Google Maps
CWGC


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jan-2018 17:02 Red Dragon Added
18-Oct-2018 14:14 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Damage, Operator]
21-Apr-2020 09:45 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2020 09:45 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]
21-Apr-2020 09:46 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]

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