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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21568
Last updated: 5 May 2020
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Date:12-JUL-1940
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IC
Owner/operator:149 Squadron Royal Air Force (149 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L7805
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fallende, near Rhede, Borken, North Rhine-Westphalia -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.Ic L7805, 149 Sqaudron, 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 81/1100): "Wellington L7805 crashed at Fallende near Rhede, Germany, 12 July 1940. Pilot Officer C W Howie, Pilot Officer J S Torgalson, Pilot Officer J A Rose, Sergeant J W Craig, Sergeant T C Suggett and Sergeant J V Futcher: report of deaths"

Airborne at 21:50 on 11 July 1940 for mission to Bremen to bomb naval installations. Exact cause of loss & crash site location unknown. One source states crashed into the North Sea en route to or from the target. All six crew MIA/KIA

Crew:
Pilot Officer Joseph Simon Torgalson (pilot) RAF 42732, aged 23 - killed in action 12/07/1940
Pilot Officer John Alexander Rose (pilot) RAF 42887 - killed in action 12/07/1940
Sgt John William Craig (Observer) RAFVR 743022, aged 20 - killed in action 12/07/1940.
Sgt John Vernon Futcher (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) RAF 641321, aged 18 - killed in action 12/07/1940.
Sgt Charles Suggett (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) RAF 644680 - killed in action 12/07/1940.
Pilot Officer Charles William Howie (Air Gunner) RAFVR 77937, aged 39 - killed in action 12/07/1940.

All of the above were interred in the Rechswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Pilot Officer Howie is also commemorated in a panel of one of the stained glass windows in the Cloisters at Chester Cathedral

The reported crash location of Fallende, near Rhede is a municipality in the district of Borken in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is located near the border with the Netherlands, approximately 5 km east of Bocholt, at approximate Coordinates: 5150′00″N 0642′02″E

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1100: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502833
3. http://www.bomber-command.info/c149wellloss.htm
4. http://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/wellington/L78051940-07-12.html
5. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-416-wellington-ic-north-sea-6-killed-0
6. Stained Glass Memorial to P/O Howie: https://www.flickr.com/photos/13706945@N00/14032968253
7. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part one
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2046497/torgalson,-joseph-simon/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2041579/rose,-john-alexander/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2035884/craig,-john-william/
11. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2031507/futcher,-john-vernon/
12. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2046246/suggett,-charles/
13. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2055646/howie,-charles-william/

Stained glass Memorial to Pilot Officer Charles William Howie at Chester Cathedral: Chester: Stained glass in the Cathedral cloisters (Cheshire)

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jul-2008 23:47 JINX Added
09-Jan-2012 07:33 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
09-Mar-2013 18:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
09-Mar-2013 18:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
13-Jun-2013 12:02 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
21-Aug-2013 09:20 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
19-May-2014 18:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Apr-2015 18:56 ABBA Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
19-Jul-2019 19:38 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source]
13-Oct-2019 20:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Oct-2019 20:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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