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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52855
Last updated: 3 December 2020
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Date:31-MAY-1942
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk III
Owner/operator:156 Squadron Royal Air Force (156 Sqn RAF)
Registration: X3598
C/n / msn: GT-A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Oosterschelde estuary west of Tholen, Zeeland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Alconbury
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:15 hrs for participation in the first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Germany.
Probably, the aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein of the 9./NJG 2, who was flying a Ju 88C from Gilze-Rijen airfield.
The six crew members rest at Bergen op Zoom, in two different cemeteries. The two Canadian pilots are buried in the RCAF cemetery at Bergen op Zoom:

Pilot:J/6027 Plt Off John Douglas Norman Bain DFC RCAF - Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery 12. F. 1.
Pilot:R/81453 Flt Sgt William Thomas Cormack RCAF - Bergen op Zoom Canadian War Cemetery 12. F. 3.
Observer:124001 Plt Off Leslie Newton - Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery 3. D. 7.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:1056497 Sgt Andrew Turnbull Brunton - Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery 3. D. 8.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:920538 Sgt Derek Harry Normington - Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery 3. D. 9.
Air Gunner:119172 Plt Off Emrys Evans - Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery 3. D. 6.

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T1545&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
Google Maps
CWGC
Bomber Command Losses 1942


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
30-May-2017 08:49 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Jan-2018 17:11 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2018 21:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
21-Apr-2020 08:49 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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