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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226251
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:10-MAY-1940
Time:afternoon
Type:Silhouette image of generic bttl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Battle Mk I
Owner/operator:142 Squadron Royal Air Force (142 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L5231
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rodange, Pétange -   Luxembourg
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Berry-au-Bac, France
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fairey Battle Mk.1 L5231 (QT-C) of 142 Squadron RAF: Lost on combat operations - officially described as "Battle L5231 force landed during air operations over Luxembourg, 10 May 1940". Airborne 12:00 from Berry-au-Bac to attack enemy troop columns, heading out of Luxembourg towards Dippach. Shot down in the target area and crashed at Rodange, Pétange, Luxembourg. All three crew survived, were captured and taken as PoWs

Flying Officer M.H. Roth; survived, became PoW, interned in Camps 9AH/L1/L3, PoW No.333.
Sgt W.F. Algie; survived, became PoW, interned in Camps 8B/L6/357. PoW No.13059
Sgt H. Morris; survived, became PoW No.13073.

The crash site at Rodange (German: Rodingen) is a town in the commune of Pétange, in south-western Luxembourg. It lies next to the border with Belgium, across which is the town of Athus. The town is to the south-west of the town of Pétange and to the west of the smaller town of Lamadelaine at approximate co ordinates 49°32′48″N, 5°50′23″E

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain. 1978 p 34)
2. The Battle File (Sidney Shail, Air Britain, 1997 p 146)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/212: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142037
4. http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showpost.php?p=88492&postcount=4
5. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/142_squadron.html
6. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/10294.php
7. Photo of crash: https://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Fairey-Battle/RAF-142Sqn-QT/pages/Fairey-Battle-I-RAF-142Sqn-QT-not-WT-L5231-force-landed-near-Luxembourg-10th-May-1940.html
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodange


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Jun-2019 20:46 Dr. John Smith Added
16-Jun-2019 20:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Jun-2019 09:50 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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