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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 227728
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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: P9297
C/n / msn: KO-F
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Givet, near Poix-Terron, 10 km S of Charleville-Mézières, Ardennes -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.1c P9297 (KO-F) 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 survived, but were captured and taken as PoWs. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/468): "Wellington P9297 crashed at Givet, France, 22 May 1940. Pilot Officer J Whitton, Flying Officer D F Laslett, Pilot Officer G T Dodgshun, Aircraftman 1st Class L W Ludlam, Aircraftman 1st Class H D Glendinning and Sergeant W L Flower: prisoners of war"

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 P9297 was wrecked when it force landed after flak/AAA damaged near Poix-Terron (Ardennes), 10 km S of Charleville-Mezieres. Wellington P9297 was airborne at 21.15 hrs on 21 May 1940 from Marham to bomb enemy positions in the Dinant-Meuse bulge, and came down in the early hours of the following morning.

Crew of Wellington P9297:
Flying Officer D.F. Laslett; survived, captured, taken as PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 9AH/L3, as PoW No.511
Pilot Officer G.T. Dodgshun; survived, captured, taken as PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 9AH/L1/6B/L3, as PoW No 508
Sgt W.L. Flower; survived, captured, taken as PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 8B/L1/L3/L6/L4, as PoW No.13082
AC.1 H.D. Glendinning; survived, captured, taken as PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 8B/L6/L4, as PoW No.13038
AC.1 L.W. Ludlam; survived, captured, taken as PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 8B/L6/357, as PoW No.13117
Pilot Officer J. Whilton; survived, but injured, captured, taken as PoW. Was confined in Hospital due injuries. No PoW No. issued

The reported crash location of Givet is a commune in the Ardennes department in northern France, very close to the Belgian border, at approximate Coordinates: 50°08′20″N 4°49′30″E

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980 p 52)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/468: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502998
3. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/115_squadron.html#202105
4. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-416-wellington-ic-poix-terron
5. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=4413
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Givet


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Jul-2019 20:17 Dr. John Smith Added
29-Jul-2019 20:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
30-Jul-2019 10:31 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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