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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226115
Last updated: 13 June 2019
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Date:30-APR-1940
Time:day
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk 1a
Owner/operator:37 Squadron Royal Air Force (37 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9215
C/n / msn: LF-H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
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 Feltwell, Thetford, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Feltwell, Thetford, Norfolk
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.1a P9215 (LF-H) 37 Squadron, RAF Feltwell, Thetford, Norfolk: Lost on combat operations when failed to return from a raid on Stavanger, Norway, the night of 30 April/1 May 1940. As part of an effort to reduce the high level of Luftwaffe activity prior to the imminent evacuation of Namsos and Åndalsnes, the aircraft left RAF Feltwell at 17:40 hours Local Time on 30 April 1940 for a bombing mission to Stavanger.

While approaching the Norwegian coast, the aircraft was shot down by the pilot of a German fighter and crashed into the sea, killing all five crew members. Wellington P9215 was last seen by rest of the British formation, diving away westwards with fighters in pursuit. It was also noted that they had the retractable ventral “dustbin” turret down.

Crew of Wellington P9215:
Flying Officer Gerald Victor Gordon (Service Number 39080, aged 23)
Pilot Officer Talbot Kerr (Service Number 70863)
Sgt Walter Eddleston (Service Number 524172, aged 20)
LAC William Edward Brewster (Service Number 546678)
AC.2 William Aubrey Seymour (Service Number 629671, aged 22)

As the exact time of the aircraft loss is not certain, the crew were posted as "missing presumed dead" on 30 April 1940 - which implies that Wellington P9215 was shot down before midnight on the night of 30 April/1 May 1940. No trace was ever found of Wellington P9215 or its crew, and all five are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980 p 51)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/186: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142011
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-408-wellington-ia-stavanger-5-killed
4. https://www.backtonormandy.org/component/mtree/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/wellington/26359-P92151940-05-01.html
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1798567/gordon,-gerald-victor/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1802670/kerr,-talbot/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/232743/eddleston,-walter/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1530402/brewster,-william-edward/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2941140/seymour,-william-aubrey/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Jun-2019 23:07 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Jun-2019 02:41 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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