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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 229331
Last updated: 15 June 2020
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Date:13-JUN-1940
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk 1a
Owner/operator:9 Sqn Royal Air Force (9 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L7787
C/n / msn: WS-J
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Drosay (Seine Maritime) 7 km NNW of Doudeville, Seine-Maritime -   France
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.Ia L7787 (WS-J) 9 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over France. All six crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/888): "Wellington L7787 crashed at Drosay, France, 13 June 1940. Sergeant C B Kircher, Sergeant F D Hardy, Sergeant F R Edwards, Sergeant S F Youngson, Sergeant L W Routledge and Sergeant R Hewitt report of deaths"

Airborne from RAF Honington, Suffolk, as part of a force of 163 aircraft (65 Wellingtons, 64 Hampdens and 34 Whitleys) tasked to attack Pont-de-l'Arche (south of Rouen), France. Written off when crashed after going out of control due to unknown circumstances (possibly hit by Flak/AAA) in the early hours of June 14, 1940. All six crew killed, with Wellington L7787 being the only loss on this raid.

Crew of Wellington L7787:
Sergeant (Pilot) Robert Hewitt, RAF 521236, age 24, killed in action 13/06/1940
Sergeant (Pilot) Frank Richard Edwards, RAFVR 741487, age 21, killed in action 13/06/1940
Sergeant (Observer) Leonard Wingate Routledge, RAF 580737, age 22, killed in action 13/06/1940
Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Frederick Donald Hardy, RAF 624501, age 19, killed in action 13/06/1940
Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Selwyn Frederick Youngson, RAF 632041, age 22, killed in action 13/06/1940
Sergeant (Air Gunner) Cecil Bertram Kircher, RAF 515103, age 27, killed in action 13/06/1940

All six crew fatalities were buried at Drosay Churchyard, Seine-Maritime, France. The reported crash location of Drosay is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in northern France, in the Pays de Caux, some 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Dieppe, at approximate Coordinates: 4947′42″N 044′29″E

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 53)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/888: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502590
3. Peter D. Cornwell, The Battle of France, Then and Now, 2008
4. W.R. Chorley, Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 1, 1939/40
5. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=186
6. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/9_squadron.html#131406
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2688814/hewitt,-robert/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2688812/edwards,-frank-richard/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2688819/routledge,-leonard-wingate/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2688813/hardy,-frederick-donald/
11. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2688820/youngson,-selwyn-frederick/
12. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2688816/kircher,-cecil-bertram/
13. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-vickers-408-wellington-ia-drosay-6-killed
14. http://aircrewremembered.com/hewitt-robert.html
15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drosay


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Sep-2019 20:53 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Sep-2019 20:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Sep-2019 11:31 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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