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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225981
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:18-APR-1940
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk 1a
Owner/operator:99 Squadron Royal Air Force (99 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9234
C/n / msn: LN-G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea (Target: Stavanger Airfield, Sola, Stavanger) -   Norway
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Newmarket, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.1a P9234 (LN-G) of 99 Squadron, RAF: Officially listed as "Wellington Ia P9234 failed to return from air operations to attack Stavanger Aerodrome, Norway, 18 April 1940". The aircraft left RAF Newmarket at 19:15 LT on a mission over Stavanger, with Kristiansand and Aalborg as secondary targets. The aircraft disappeared into the North Sea and no trace of it nor the crew was ever found. Possibly shot down by Flak/AAA over or near the target area. All six crew posted as "missing presumed dead".

Crew of Wellington P9234:
Flying Officer Abraham Frederick Smith (Pilot, Service Number 39346, aged 26)
Pilot Officer John Geoffrey Carr Salmond (Pilot, Service Number 33476, aged 20)
Sergeant Edmund Howard Williams (Service Number 580927, aged 20)
Leading Aircraftman Francis Albert Skuce Haynes (Service Number 610705, aged 19)
Corporal Robert Strang Bryson (Service Number 524310, aged 22)
Aircraftman 1st Class J Booth (Service Number 630373, aged 19)

As no trace of Wellington P9234 or its crew was ever found, all six crew members are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1979 p 52)
2. National Archvies (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/153: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141932
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-408-wellington-ia-north-sea-6-killed-5
4. https://www.backtonormandy.org/component/mtree/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/wellington/23561-P92341940-04-18.html
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1807342/smith,-abraham-frederick/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2940836/salmond,-john-geoffrey-carr/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1531639/williams,-edward-howard/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1799718/haynes,-francis-albert-skuce/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1530734/bryson,-robert-strang/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1530098/booth,-john/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Jun-2019 22:19 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Jun-2019 05:53 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
11-Jun-2019 21:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Narrative]
11-Jun-2019 21:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
11-Jun-2019 21:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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