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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225953
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:14-APR-1940
Time:00:04
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk 1c
Owner/operator:38 Squadron Royal Air Force (38 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4339
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 22 miles North-East of Whitby, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wick, Caithness
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Wellington L4339 of 38 Squadron, RAF failed to return from air operations over the North Sea, 14 April 1940. Took off from RAF Wick, Caithness. Task: Night Recce of Vaernes (Trondheim) Aerodrome, Norway. Damaged by a fighter neat the target and later crashed into the sea about 22 miles north-east of Whitby, North Yorkshire, shortly after sending a mayday message, at 00:04 hours. No trace of aircraft or crew was ever found. All six crew posted as "missing presumed dead"

Crew of Wellington L4339:
Pilot Officer Geroge Leslie Crosby RAF (Service Number 40679, aged 20)
Pilot Officer Arthur Guy Wyndham Merewether RAF [New Zealand] (Service Number 41860, aged 23)
Pilot Officer Charles Evelyn Walter Roy Edmunds RAFVR (Service Number 75997, aged 34)
Sub. Lieut. Lionel C.Franklin RN [HMS Sparrowhawk, Fleet Air Arm]
Sgt. Ronald Henry Wills RAF (Service Number 580722)
AC.2 Robert Michael Godfrey Clark RAF (Service Number 618202, aged 26)

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 26)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/140: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141890
3. http://www.adf-serials.com.au/nz-serials/nzwellington.htm
4. http://baaa-acro.sindev.ch/crash/crash-vickers-290-wellington-i-whitby-6-killed
5. https://75nzsquadron.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/narvik-reconnaissance-12-april-1940-breckon-crew/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/231547/crosby,-george-leslie/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1076739/merewether,-arthur-guy-wyndham/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1531772/wills,-ronald-henry/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1084481/clark,-robert-michael-godfrey/
10. https://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1940-04APR.htm
11. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/232767/edmunds,-charles-evelyn-walter-roy/
12. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/38_squadron.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Jun-2019 21:42 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Jun-2019 06:57 stehlík49 Updated [Operator]

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