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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 230023
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Date:19-JUL-1940
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk 1a
Owner/operator:115 Squadron Royal Air Force (115 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P9227
C/n / msn: KO-C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Klein-Henstedt, 10 km NNE of Wildeshausen, Oldenburg, Lower Saxony -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Marham, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington Mk.1a P9227 (KO-C) 115 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over Germany. All six crew survived, but were captured, and taken PoWs. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1144): "Wellington P9227 crashed near Oldenburg, Germany, 19 July 1940. Pilot Officer W H C Hunkin, Pilot Officer J Barker, Sergeant G Clark, Sergeant H Dickson, Sergeant J J MacGregor and Sergeant A Colley: prisoners of war".

Took off from RAF Marham, Norfolk on the evening of 18 July 1940. Target: Bremen. Believed shot down by Flak/AAA and crashed at Klein-Henstedt, 10 km North North East of Wildeshausen, near Oldenburg, Germany in the early hours of July 19. All six crew bailed out safely, but were captured and taken as PoWs

Crew of Wellington P9227
Pilot Officer William Henry Clement Hunkin (Pilot) RAF 42231; survived, captured, became PoW. Interned in PoW Camps Stalg Luft Sagan, and Bellaris as PoW No. 125
Pilot Officer Joseph Barker (2nd Pilot) RAF 40595; survived, captured, became PoW. Interned in PoW Camps Stalg Luft Sagan, and Bellaris as PoW No. 1370
Sergeant G Clark (Observer) RAF 751734; survived, captured, became PoW. Interned in PoW Camp Stalag Luft Heydekrug as PoW No. 143
Sergeant H Dickson (Air Gunner) RAF 748612; Survived, captured, became PoW. Interned in PoW Camp Stalag Luft Heydekrug as PoW No. 152
Sergeant J J MacGregor (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 627720; survived, captured, became PoW. Interned in PoW Camp Stalag Luft Heydekrug as PoW No. 135
Sergeant A G S Colley (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 643725; survived, captured, became PoW. Interned in PoW Camps Stalg Luft Sagan, and Bellaris as PoW No. 142

All six crew survived the war, and were promoted while in captivity; all four Sergeants were promoted to Warrant Officers, and the two pilots from Pilot Officer to Flight Lieutenant. Pilot Officer Barker stayed in the RAF post war, and retired on 23 January 1949 as a Squadron Leader

The reported crash location of Klein Henstedt is a district of the community of Prinzh÷fte, which belongs to the municipality of Harpstedt in the district of Oldenburg in Lower Saxony, at approximate Coordinates: 52░57'50"N, 8░33'8"E.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley Air Britain, 1978 p 51)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1144: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14503083
3. https://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/showpost.php?s=982c7a2a8da6fb0b31434134255ad98d&p=1937343&postcount=31
4. http://aircrewremembered.com/hunkin-william.html
5. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klein_Henstedt


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Oct-2019 17:04 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Oct-2019 17:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
17-Oct-2019 17:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Oct-2019 17:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
27-Oct-2019 22:23 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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