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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 229718
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Date:02-JUL-1940
Time:night
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk V
Owner/operator:58 Squadron Royal Air Force (58 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N1461
C/n / msn: GE-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kiel, Schleswig Holstein -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V N1461 (GE-R) 58 Sqaudron, RAF; Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed to Return) from combat operations over Germany. Of the five crew, four were killed, snd one survived to be taken as a PoW. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1003): "Whitley N1461 crashed at Kiel, Germany, 2 July 1940. Sergeant D Leishman, Sergeant H E A Craven, Flying Officer L H McFarlane and Pilot Officer C J T Jones: report of deaths. Warrant Officer J P Caldwell: prisoner of war"

Airborne from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire. Target: Keil Dockyard, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein. Failed to return, presumed shot down by Flak/AAA. As stated above, four of the five crew were killed, and one survived to be taken as a PoW

Crew of Whitley N1461:
Sergeant David Leishman (Observer) RAF 51309, aged 19 - killed in action 02/07/1940
Sergeant Henry Eric Archibald Craven (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 542430, aged 24 - killed in action 02/07/1940
Flying Officer Laurence Herbert McFarlane (Pilot) RAF 39545, aged 25 - killed in action 02/07/1940
Pilot Officer Cecil John Trevelyan Jones (2nd Pilot) RAF 70805 - killed in action 02/07/1940
Warrant Officer J P Caldwell (Air Gunner) - survived, captured and taken as PoW.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1003: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502842
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2356577/leishman,-david/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2356289/craven,-henry-eric-archibald/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2356618/mcfarlane,-laurence-herbert/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2356533/jones,-cecil-john-trevelyan/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Oct-2019 19:07 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Oct-2019 11:08 juza7 Updated [Operator]

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