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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225857
Last updated: 8 June 2019
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Date:02-JAN-1940
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk 1c
Owner/operator:149 Squadron Royal Air Force (149 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N2946
C/n / msn: OJ-L
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, at 5427' N 0547' E. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Wellington N2946 (OJ-L) of 149 Squadron, RAF failed to return from an operational flight, 2 January 1940; Took off from RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk. Shot down by a Bf 110 over the North Sea, at position 5427' N 0547' E. (Mid way between the east coast of Scotland and the west coast of Denmark). The Wellington was seen to be on fire as it hit the sea. No survivors among the crew of six. The crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Crew of Wellington N2946:
Flying Officer Hugh L.M. Bulloch, RAF 37788, 149 Sqn, age unknown, 02/01/1940, missing. presumed KIA
Sergeant Robert Ballantyne, RAF 580780, 149 Sqn, age 20, 02/01/1940, missing, presumed KIA
Sergeant Donald J. Kirkness, RAF 565269, 149 Sqn, age unknown, 02/01/1940, missing, presumed KIA
Leading Aircraftman Walter Greig, RAF 532679, DFM, 149 Sqdn, age 23, 02/01/1940, missing, presumed KIA
Leading Aircraftman Aldewin A. Brown, RAF 551008, 149 Sqn, age 20, 02/01/1940, missing, presumed KIA
Aircraftman 2nd Class Denis H. Grove, RAF 629162, 149 Sqn, age 19, 02/01/1940, missing, presumed KIA

Sources:

1. James J Halley, Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 Air Britain
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File Air 81/80: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141902
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-408-wellington-ia-north-sea-6-killed-2
4. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/20.htm
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1530803/bulloch,-hugh-larmor-mclearn/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1083273/ballantyne,-robert/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1802823/kirkness,-donald-james/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1798847/greig,-walter/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1530551/brown,-aldewin-arthur/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1798957/grove,-denis-harry/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jun-2019 18:14 Dr. John Smith Added
05-Jun-2019 23:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
08-Jun-2019 10:36 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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