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Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:21-MAY-1940
Time:02:00 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk Ic
Owner/operator:115 Squadron Royal Air Force (115 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R3152
C/n / msn: KO-J
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Le Havre, Seine Maratime -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.Ic R3152 (KO-J) of 115 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (failed to return) from a combat operation on night of 20+21 May 1940. All six crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/450): "Wellington R3152 crashed near Le Havre, France, 21 May 1940. Sergeant F Williams, Sergeant F A G Lowe, Aircraftman 2nd Class T Kennedy, Leading Aircraftman H G Griffin, Aircraftman 2nd Class A Robinson and Pilot Officer D W W Morris, report of deaths".

On the night of 20-21 May 1940 a force of Wellingtons from 75, 99 and 115 Squadrons were tasked to attack the Meuse Crossings at Dinant and troop concentrations near Cambrai. Three 115 Squadron Wellingtons were lost on this operation (P9298/KO-H, R3152/KO-J and P9297/KO-F). Wellington R3152 was Airborne 23.45 hrs, 20/05/1940 from RAF Marham, Norfolk, to attack enemy transport in the Cambrai - Le Cateau - Cambresis - St.Quentin triangle. Believed shot down by flak/AAA, crashed and exploded with all bombs still on board. Unconfirmed reports are that Wellington R3152 was shot down by "friendly fire" from the French AAA battery at Octeville. All six crew were killed.

Crew of Wellington R3152:
Pilot Officer (Pilot) Douglas W.W. Morris, RAF 41048, age 23, killed in action 21/05/1940
Sergeant (Observer) Francis A.G. Lowe, RAF 581516, age 19, killed in action 21/05/1940
Sergeant (Pilot) Francis Williams, RAF 566298, age 24, killed in action 21/05/1940
Leading Aircraftman (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Harold G. Griffin, RAF 755893, age 31, killed in action 21/05/1940
Aircraftman 2nd Class (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Thomas Kennedy, RAF 632947, age 25, killed in action 21/05/1940
Aircraftman 2nd Class (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Allen Robinson, RAF 631370, age 18, killed in action 21/05/1940,

All six crew fatalities were buried at Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980 p 18)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/450: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502121
3. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=179
4. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/115_squadron.html#202105
5. http://baaa-acro.sindev.ch/crash/crash-vickers-416-wellington-ic-le-havre-6-killed
6. https://ticklishsphinx.skyrock.com/2764501534-Tirs-amis.html
7. https://www.barnebys.com/realized-prices/lot/a-group-of-three-to-aircraftman-a-i_LnIYc50w
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2095196/morris,-douglas-william-west/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2095167/lowe,-francis-alfred-george/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2095296/williams,-francis/
11. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2095111/griffin,-harold-george/
12. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2095153/kennedy,-thomas/
13. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2095237/robinson,-allen/ .


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Jul-2019 23:17 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Jul-2019 23:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Jul-2019 01:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Jul-2019 01:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
28-Jul-2019 04:23 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
29-Jul-2019 20:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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