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Date:21-MAY-1940
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk 1c
Owner/operator:115 Squadron Royal Air Force (115 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9298
C/n / msn: KO-H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tourpes, Leuze-en-Hainaut, Walloon Region, Province of Hainaut -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.1c P9298 (KO-H) of 115 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (failed to return) from a combat operation on the night of 20-21 May 1940. All six crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/452): "Wellington P9298 crashed at Tourpes, Belgium, 21 May 1940. Sergeant L G Moores, Sergeant A H Hooper, Sergeant K W Hughes, Aircraftman 1st Class J T Packer, Aircraftman 2nd Class D Duggan and Aircraftman 1st Class G E Flanigan, 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 P9298 was Airborne 23.45 hrs, on 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, in the early hours of May 21, crashed and exploded with all bombs still on board. Aircraft came down at Tourpes, Leuze-en-Hainaut, located in the Walloon Region in the province of Hainaut at approximate co ordinates 5034'23" North, 339'04" East. All six crew killed.

Crew of Wellington P9298:
Aircraftman 2nd Class (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Douglas Duggan, RAF 631247, age 18, killed in action 21/05/1940
Aircraftman 1st Class (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Gerard E. Flanigan, RAF 552105, age 19, killed in action 21/05/1940
Sergeant (Pilot) Alfred H. Hooper, RAFVR 700445, age 26, killed in action 21/05/1940
Sergeant (Observer) Kenneth W. Hughes, RAF 581182, killed in action 21/05/1940
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) Leonard G. Moores, RAF 563572, killed in action 21/05/1940
Aircraftman 1st Class (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) John T. Packer, RAF 621150, age 19, killed in action 21/05/1940

All six crew fatalities were buried at Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980 p 52)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/452: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502123
3. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/115_squadron.html#202105
4. https://115squadron-raf.be/crews/Wellington%20Mk%20IC%20-%20P9298%20-%20KO-H.html
5. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-416-wellington-ic-near-cambrai-6-killed
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2255173/duggan,-douglas/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2255246/flanigan,-gerard-edward/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2255438/hooper,-alfred-harold/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2255460/hughes,-kenneth-william/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2255709/moores,-leonard-george/
11. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2255778/packer,-john-thomas/ .


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Jul-2019 01:01 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Jul-2019 01:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
28-Jul-2019 04:24 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
29-Jul-2019 20:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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