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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22439
Last updated: 4 November 2019
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Date:01-JAN-1940
Time:11:41
Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Hudson Mk I
Owner/operator:220 Squadron Royal Air Force (220 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N7232
C/n / msn: NR-T
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:20 miles E of St Abbs Head, Berwickshire, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Took off from RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire, at 08:35 hrs. All four crew "missing presumed dead", after aircraft "failed to return from a reconnaissance flight, 1 January 1940".

Crashed into the North Sea some 20 miles east of St Abbs Head, Berwickshire, following an attack on a Ju 88 of 1/KG30. Hit by return fire from the Ju.88 during air-to-air combat. Both aircraft were shot down by each other, although it is believed that the Ju.88 went down first. From 11:04 to 11:41 hrs a number of bearings were given by both RAF Thornaby & RAF Leuchars D/F stations to the aircraft.

The four crew of the Ju 88 were also killed: "Ju 88 1./KG 30 (Luftflotte 2) OPS (F) missing (100%) reported as 'shot down by English aircraft in middle North Sea' [two Ju 88s claimed shot down by RAF Gladiator biplane fighters of the Sollum Voe Fighter Flight near Sullom Voe, or by RAF Hudson N7232 NR-T of 220 Sqn at sea about 20 miles off St. Abbs Head] 01.01.1940 (Obgefr. Kasiske killed, three crew missing)"

Crew of Hudson N7232 "NR-T" of 220 Squadron, RAF:
Flight Lieutenant Trevor Hermon Clarke, RAF 37960, age 30
Sergeant Robert James Peacock, RAF 562854, age 27
Leading Aircraftman Christopher Forge Hudson, RAF 524576, age 28
Leading Aircraftman Donald Mitchell Rowson, RAF 550760, age 20

All four were considered to be missing in action, later "killed in action". Leading Aircraftsman D.M.Rowson, the youngest member of the crew, was credited with shooting down the Ju. 88, and was MID (Mentioned In Dispatches) for this achievement

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/81: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141903
3. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/220_squadron.html
4. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/P.htm
5. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showthread.php?t=1273
6. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1940-1949_28.html
7. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-lockheed-l-414-hudson-i-saint-abbs-head-4-killed
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1084535/clarke,-trevor-hermon/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1804054/peacock,-robert-james/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1800644/hudson,-christopher-forge/
11. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2940687/rowson,-donald-mitchell/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Aug-2008 10:31 harry Added
07-Jan-2012 06:29 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
24-Mar-2013 20:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jul-2013 06:53 JINX Updated [Location, Phase, Departure airport]
05-Jul-2013 18:37 JINX Updated [Operator, Narrative]
12-Aug-2014 09:44 Fort Knox Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
08-Aug-2016 16:33 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
26-Feb-2018 21:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Feb-2018 21:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
11-Nov-2018 12:01 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
27-Apr-2019 03:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Jun-2019 23:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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