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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226085
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Date:30-APR-1940
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington 1a
Owner/operator:99 Squadron Royal Air Force (99 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9276
C/n / msn: LN-H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:The Wash, off Holbeach, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Newmarket, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Newmarket, Suffolk
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.1a P9276 (LN-H) of 99 Squadron, RAF: Officially listed as "Wellington Ia P9276 failed to return from air operations to attack Stavanger Aerodrome, Norway 30 April 1940". The aircraft left RAF Newmarket at 18:00 on April 29 on a mission to attack Stavanger Aerodrome, Norway, with Kristiansand and Aalborg (Denmark) as secondary targets. The aircraft disappeared into the North Sea. One source (see link #4) claims that P9276 crashed into The Wash off Holbeach, Lincolnshire. All six crew posted as "missing presumed dead", however, all six bodies were recovered, having been washed ashore

Crew of Wellington P9276:
Flight Sgt John William Lewis Goldie Brent (Captain, pilot, aged 35 Service Number 355953) - killed in action; buried at Plumstead Cemetery, Plumstead, London
Flying Officer Herbert Gage Muller (2nd Pilot, aged 28, Service Number 39558) - killed in action; buried at Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Surrey
Sgt Peter Christopher Cunningham (Observer, aged 22, Service Number 580784) - killed in action; buried Edlesborough (St. Marys) Churchyard, Buckinghamshire
AC.1 Michael John O'Sullivan (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, aged 20, Service Number 621221) - killed in action; buried West Row Baptist Chapelyard, West Row, Suffolk
AC.1 Donald Lilley (Air Gunner, aged 19, Service Number 631565) - killed in action; buried Alverthorpe (St. Pauls) Churchyard, Yorkshire.
Pilot Officer Gerald Arthur Hugh Poole (Air Gunner, aged 31, Service Number 76015) - killed in action; buried Southend-on-Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery, Southend-on-Sea, Essex

As can be seen from the above, all six crew were buried in six separate locations, but all six were listed as killed in action on May 1 1940 (that is the morning after the operation).

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1979 p 52)
2. National Archvies (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/118: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142006
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-416-wellington-ic-north-sea-6-killed-3
4. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35503722
5. http://www.doverwarmemorialproject.org.uk/Casualties/WWIInot/SurnamesM.htm
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2430102/brent,-john-william-lewis-goldie/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2435379/muller,-herbert-gage/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2706362/cunningham,-peter-chris/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2721272/o'sullivan,-michael-john/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2406292/lilley,-donald/
11. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2427365/poole,-gerard-arthur-hugh/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jun-2019 22:15 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Jun-2019 12:52 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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