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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 228578
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:30-MAY-1940
Time:03:00 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk Ic
Owner/operator:99 Squadron Royal Air Force (99 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9241
C/n / msn: LN-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kilverstone Hall, Thetford, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Newmarket, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Newmarket, Suffolk
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.Ic P9241 (LN-R) 99 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when abandoned in flight over Norfolk, all but one of the five crew bailed out, but one was killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/668): "Wellington P9241 lost in air operations, 30 May 1940. Pilot Officer J C Young: report of death"

Took off from RAF Newmarket, Suffolk at 21:30 hrs on 29 May 1940. Target: St. Omer, France. Crew ordered to bale out after running low on fuel. The pilot then force-landed (with only himself on board) at 03:00 hrs on 30 May 1940 at Kilverstone Hall, Thetford, Norfolk. One member of the crew was killed and another injured.

Crew names not known other than the one fatality: Pilot Officer (Pilot) James Cameron Young, RAF 41094, age 25, killed in action 30/05/1940, buried at New Shildon (All Saints) Churchyard, Shildon, County Durham, UK

P9241 was one of three 99 Squadron Vickers Wellingtons lost in the early hours of 30 May 1940; P9241 (LN-R), P9282 (LN-P), and R3196 (LN-T). All three had been on a raid to St. Omer, and all three had to be abandoned after running out of fuel. P/O Young was the only fatality.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 51)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/668: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502251
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2696221/young,-james-cameron/
4. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/99_squadron.html#293005
5. Wimpy: A Detailed History of the Vickers Wellington in service, 1938-1953 p 42 By Steve Bond
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilverstone_Hall


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Aug-2019 22:20 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Aug-2019 22:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
29-Aug-2019 04:13 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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