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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203757
Last updated: 20 April 2020
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Date:31-MAY-1942
Time:02:01 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk II
Owner/operator:158 Squadron Royal Air Force (158 Sqn RAF)
Registration: W5392
C/n / msn: NP-L
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Duisburg-Meiderich, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Driffield
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:37 hrs for participation in the first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen.
The aircraft was coned by searchlights and hit by heavy (schwere) Flak; crashed Meiderich outskirts of Duisburg.
All five rest at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery:

Pilot:J/15750 Sgt Ralph Connors O'Brien RCAF - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 9. F. 9-12.
Observer:J/7203 Plt Off Wilson Albert Reason RCAF - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 9. F. 9-12.
1166182 Sgt Alfred Schofield - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 9. F. 9-12.
Air Gunner:82194 Fg Off Grey D'Estoteville Townsend Skipwith - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 9. F. 9-12.
Air Gunner:1379352 Sgt William Leonard Waller - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery Coll. grave 9. F. 9-12.

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=W5392+
Google Maps
CWGC
158 Squadron Association.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jan-2018 19:30 Red Dragon Added
01-Nov-2018 20:08 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
20-Apr-2020 19:35 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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