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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225883
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:02-MAR-1940
Time:00:45 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk 1c
Owner/operator:149 Squadron Royal Air Force (149 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N2984
C/n / msn: OJ-S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Burnt Fen, 9 miles NW of RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.1c N2984 (OJ-S), 149 Squadron, RAF: Took off from RAF Mildenhall at 00:34 hours on the night of 1st/2nd March 1940 a "Nickel" (leaflet dropping) mission to Bremen. Some eleven minutes after take off from RAF Mildenhall, while climbing, the starboard engine failed. The crew elected to return to base when the pilot lost control of the aircraft and crashed into a field at 00:45 hours at Burnt Fen, 9 miles North West of Mildenhall, Suffolk. All six crew were killed:

Crew of Wellington N2984:
Sergeant Maurice Wiffen (Co Pilot, Service Number 5880312, aged 29); killed in action, buried at Braintree & Bocking (Braintree) Cemetery, Essex
Acting Sergeant James Chalmers Murdoch (Observer, Service Number 580799) - killed in action, buried at Troon Cemetery, Troon, Ayrshire
Leading Aircraftman Ernest Harry Prior (Service Number 546726, aged 22) - killed in action, buried at Waterbeach Cemetery, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire
Aircraftman 2nd Class Thomas Edgeley Smith (Air Gunner, Service Number 626998, aged 18) - killed in action, buried in Dunbar Cemetery, Dunbar, Lothian
Aircraftman Laurence Bruce Hughson (Wireless Op/Air gunner, Service Number 621199, aged 21) - killed in action, buried at Lerwick New Cemetery, Lerwick, Shetland
Flying Officer Leo Reginald Field (Pilot, Service Number 37346, aged 22) - killed in action, buried at Brighton (Lewes Rd) Borough Cemetery, Brighton, Sussex

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/97: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141919
3. http://www.harringtonmuseum.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Aircraft-lost-on-Allied-Forces-Special-Duty-Operations.pdf
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2733614/wiffen,-maurice/
5. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-408-wellington-ia-burnt-fen-6-killed
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2455523/murdoch,-james-chalmers/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2651916/prior,-ernest-harry/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2812521/smith,-thomas-edgeley/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/4033705/hughson,-laurence-bruce/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2722906/field,-leo-reginald/
11. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/115374888/maurice-wiffen
12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burnt_Fen


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jun-2019 16:02 Dr. John Smith Added
06-Jun-2019 16:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Narrative]
08-Jun-2019 10:33 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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