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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 236318
Last updated: 22 May 2020
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Date:03-SEP-1942
Time:02:08 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk III
Owner/operator:419 (Moose) Sqn RCAF
Registration: X3711
C/n / msn: VR-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Warnant, Anhée, province of Namur -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 22:53 hrs local time for an operation to Karlsruhe in Germany.
Outward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Kurt Martinek of the 9./NJG 4, who was flying a Bf 110 from Juvincourt airfield in France.

On board was none other than the Commander-in-Chief of 419 Squadron, Wing Commander Archibald Walsh DFC, AFC (30 y.). It was to be his penultimate mission - after all, a pilot in the Bomber Command was expected to fly at least thirty missions during a first 'tour'. The other unfortunates - four Canadians - were P/O John H. Freestone, 31 years old, pilot - F/O Harry W. Thompson, 22 years old, observer - F/Sgt Frederick Cassidy, 25 years old, radio operator and P/O Charles G. Hart, 25 years old, tail gunner.

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/wellington-bij-warnant-lez-dinant
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=X3711
Google Maps


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