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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21559
Last updated: 1 February 2021
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Date:31-MAY-1942
Time:01:46 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk Ic
Owner/operator:25 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (25 OTU RAF)
Registration: L7802
C/n / msn: -P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:intersection Julianastraat - Schoolstraat streets at Elsloo, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Finningley
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Airborne 22:46 hrs for participation in the first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Germany.
Over Aachen, the starboard engine was set on fire by Flak. Subsequently, the aircraft was shot at 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.
In the end, the burning, crewless bomber was shot at by light Flak of the 1./leichte Reserve-Flak-Abteilung 848 based at Lutterade, Geleen; crashed into Elsloo.
This aircraft was one of the OTU Wellingtons recruited to make up the numbers for the first 1,000 Bomber raid.
All six crew members were taken prisoner of war:

P/O 68144 C.G. Hughes RAF PoW No.375.
Sgt 552301 B.C. Whittle PoW No.453.
Flt/Sgt 755018 R. Baker PoW No.391.
Flt/Sgt 653349 R.V.C. Oliver PoW No.519.
Sgt 542530 F.G. Greensides PoW No.411.
Flt/Sgt 745334 L.R. Read PoW No.440.

Sources:

Air Britain RAF Aircraft L1000 - N99999 & http://www.lostbombers.co.uk/bomber.php?id=7970
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T1542&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
Google Maps


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jul-2008 18:11 JINX Added
05-Jul-2008 18:38 JINX Updated
24-Jan-2012 13:05 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
30-May-2017 11:14 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Country, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Apr-2020 19:30 TigerTimon Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2020 09:59 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Narrative]

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