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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 224087
Last updated: 18 April 2020
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Date:16-MAY-1940
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk Ic
Owner/operator:115 Squadron Royal Air Force (115 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9229
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Plainville, between Bernay and Rouen, Eure, Normandy -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.I P9229,("KO-S") 115 Squadron RAF. Lost on combat operations on night of 15-16.5.40: The aircraft left RAF Marham at 23:35 LT on a bombing mission to Duisburg. In the first large-scale Bomber Command attack on German industrial targets, 99 aircraft bomb 16 targets in the Ruhr area. This raid effectively marks the start of the Strategic Air Offensive against Germany. No aircraft are lost to enemy action, however, a Vickers Wellington of No.115 Squadron was blown off course and crashed into high ground at Plainville, Bernay, near Rouen, Eure, Normandy France (at approximate Coordinates: 4905′08″N 030′00″E) and the five aircrew aboard were killed.

Crew (115 Squadron):
Flying Officer (Pilot) Herbert Perstyl Evans, RAF 40377
Corporal (Air Gunner) Reginald Frederick Fallows, RAF 518379
Sergeant (Navigator) Thomas Russell Kirkham, RAF 580599, age 21
Corporal (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Roger Colin John Pilgrim, RAF 531692, age 26
Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Alec Edward Pringle, RAF 37299, DFC,

All five crew are buried at Bernay Ste. Croix Communal Cemetery, Eure, France

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircharge P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 51)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File 81/385: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502272
3. http://www.bomber-command.info/c115wellloss.htm
4. https://internationalbcc.co.uk/losses/33710/
5. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-408-wellington-ia-near-rouen-5-killed
6. https://internationalbcc.co.uk/losses/33709/
7. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/115_squadron.html
8. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=181
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plainville,_Eure
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2320634/evans,-herbert-prestyl/
11. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2320635/fallows,-reginald-frederick/
12. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2320643/kirkham,-thomas-russell/
13. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2320647/pilgrim,-roger-colin-john/
14. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2320649/pringle,-alec-edward/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Apr-2019 18:37 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Apr-2019 10:37 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
15-Jul-2019 23:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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