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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 230902
Last updated: 18 May 2020
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Date:18-AUG-1942
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk III
Owner/operator:101 Squadron Royal Air Force (101 Sqn RAF)
Registration: BJ844
C/n / msn: SR-?
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea off English coast -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 21:48 hrs local time for an operation to Osnabrück in Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot up by night fighter pilot Major Alfred Helm of the Erprobungsstelle Werneuchen (flying with II./NJG 2), who had taken off from Leeuwarden airfield in Do 215 B-5 R4+DC - (claim) North Sea 10 km northwest of Vlieland: 4,200m at 02:35 hrs.

The Wimpey was ditched in the sea. On impact with the water the a/c disintegrated and quickly sank. An SOS had been received previously from the a/c requesting its position and this was transmitted at 02:44 hours. As a result of the SOS an Air Sea Rescue launch proceeded to the area to carry out a search. Unfortunately only four crew members were rescued.

Sources:

http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=BJ844
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Nov-2019 07:34 tachel Added
18-May-2020 09:41 TigerTimon Updated [Date, Time, Cn, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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