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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 228070
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Date:24-MAY-1940
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk Ic
Owner/operator:149 Squadron Royal Air Force (149 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9270
C/n / msn: OJ-G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Barton Mills, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Newmarket, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.1C P9270 (OJ-G) 149 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when crashed on return from a combat operation on the night of 23-24 May 1940. Three of the crew were injured, the other three were killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/519): "Sergeant G T Mundell, Aircraftman 2nd Class J W Crook and Flying Officer A K Holdsworth: injured. Acting Flight Lieutenant I D Grant-Crawford, Aircraftman 2nd Class J Burton and Aircraftman 1st Class E S Hewitt: report of deaths; Wellington P9270, 24 May 1940".

Wellington P9270 was airborne from RAF Newmarket, Suffolk at 22.30 on 23 May 1940 to provide tactical support in the battle area. A marshalling yard at Givet on the Franco-Belgian border was the target. Crashed (cause not established) near Barton Mills, Suffolk, as the crew prepared to land back at Newmarket. As stated above, three crew injured, three crew killed.

Crew of Wellington P9270:
Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Ian Douglas Grant-Crawford, RAF 37501, age 28, killed in action 24/05/1940, buried at West Row Baptist Chapelyard, Suffolk, UK
Flying Officer Holdsworth; survived, Injured
Sgt Mundell; survived, Injured
Aircraftman 1st Class Edgar Sydney Hewitt, RAF 547085, age 22, killed in action 24/05/1940,buried at Skegness (St. Clement) Churchyard, Skegness, Lincolnshire, UK
Aircraftman 2nd Class (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) John Burton, RAF 627969, age 22, killed in action 24/05/1940, buried at West Row Baptist Chapelyard, Suffolk, UK
AC.1 Crook; survived, Injured

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 51)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/519: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502140
3. 3 Group Bomber Command By Chris Ward & Steve Smith
4. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/149_squadron.html#232405
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2721267/grant-crawford,-ian-douglas/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2359026/hewitt,-edgar-sydney/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2721263/burton,-john/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Aug-2019 22:28 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Aug-2019 22:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
10-Aug-2019 10:55 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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