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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21492
Last updated: 27 April 2020
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Date:20-JUL-1940
Time:01:05 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IC
Owner/operator:9 Sqn Royal Air Force (9 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L7795
C/n / msn: WS-G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Eckernförder Bucht bay, Schleswig-Holstein -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.1C L7795 (WS-G) of 9 Squadron RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over Germany. All six crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1152): "Wellington L7795 lost in air operations, 20 July 1940. Squadron Leader J B S Monypenny, Flying Officer D D Middleton, Sergeant F Watson, Sergeant W R Cowell and Sergeant M Gott: missing presumed dead. Pilot Officer H F A Lees: report of death"

Airborne at 20:10 hrs on the evening of 19 July 1940 for mission to Wismar. Over Germany, coned by searchlights and hit by Flak of the Marine-Flak-Regiment 1, and crashed in the early hours of the following morning at Eckernförder Bucht bay, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, All six crew killed, no survivors.

Note that some sources credit the loss of Wellington L7795 as being the first "kill" of Luftwaffe "ace" Werner Streib (13 June 1911 – 15 June 1986) on the night of 19-20 July 1940. However, this had never been confirmed; other sources give the first "kill" of Werner Streib as an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V (P5007 of 51 Squadron).

Crew of Wellington L7795:
Pilot: Squadron Leader John Blackwell Sinclair Monypenny RAF 29098, aged 28 - posted as missing, presumed killed 20/07/1940
Flight Lieutenant Douglas Davidson Middleton RAF 39105, aged 26 - posted as missing, presumed killed 20/07/1940.
Sgt Fred Watson RAF 580743, aged 24 - posted as missing, presumed killed 20/07/1940.
Sgt Walter Robert Cowell RAF 628277, aged 20 - posted as missing, presumed killed 20/07/1940
Sgt Merle Gott RAF 522865, aged 23 - posted as missing, presumed killed 20/07/1940
Air Gunner: Pilot Officer Harold Frederic Archidale Lees, RAFVR 78545, aged 32 - killed in action 20/07/1940

Five of the six crew were posted as "missing, presumed killed 20/07/1940". Since no trace of them was ever found, they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The exception was Pilot Officer Harold F A Lees, who body was found and recovered; he was buried in Kiel War Cemetery, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 981/1152: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14503091
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1077044/monypenny,-john-blackwell-sinclair/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1076789/middleton,-douglas-davidson/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1809756/watson,-fred/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1798599/gott,-merle/
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Werner_Streib
8. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-416-wellington-ic-eckernforde-6-killed
9. http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=L7795


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Jun-2008 19:29 JINX Added
09-Jan-2012 07:35 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Aug-2013 09:21 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
27-Apr-2015 18:58 ABBA Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Narrative]
29-Sep-2015 07:58 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
19-Jul-2019 19:44 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2019 00:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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