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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203957
Last updated: 14 January 2021
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Date:02-JUN-1942
Time:02:10 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IV
Owner/operator:460 Sqn RAAF
Registration: Z1311
C/n / msn: UV-Z
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Route de Mons, Binche, Hainaut -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Breighton
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:25 hrs for participation in the second 1000 bomber raid; this time the target being Essen, Germany.
The aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Reinhold Eckardt of the 7./NJG 3 (detached to III./NJG 4), who was flying a Bf 110 from Juvincourt airfield in France.
The entire crew was killed here. They rest at Charleroi Communal cemetery:

Pilot:404701 Sgt John Francis Walsh RAAF - Charleroi Communal Cemetery Coll. grave, Row V. 14-19.
2nd Pilot:14243 Sgt William Marcel Spongberg RAAF - Charleroi Communal Cemetery Coll. grave, Row V. 14-19.
Observer:403576 Sgt Maurice Michael Fitzgerald RAAF - Charleroi Communal Cemetery Coll. grave, Row V. 14-19. Fitzgerald was a former Australian rugby league player who had appeared for Balmain in 1936.
Bomb Aimer:1310845 Sgt Thomas Lee - Charleroi Communal Cemetery Coll. grave, Row Y. 14-19.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:990568 Sgt John Bruce Moore - Charleroi Communal Cemetery Coll. grave, Row V. 14-19.
Air Gunner:402612 Sgt Wallace Hugh Sams RAAF - Charleroi Communal Cemetery Coll. grave, Row V. 14-19.

Sources:

460 SQUADRON RAAF, WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES
CWGC
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=Z1311
Google Maps
https://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/players/maurice-fitzgerald/summary.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jan-2018 15:40 Red Dragon Added
23-Oct-2018 19:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
24-Apr-2020 15:01 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
13-Jul-2020 18:35 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]

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