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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52864
Last updated: 26 February 2021
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Date:31-MAY-1942
Time:01:14-17
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk Ic
Owner/operator:23 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (23 OTU RAF)
Registration: N2851
C/n / msn: WE-F3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Maasdamseweg road, 's-Gravendeel, Zuid-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:12 hrs for participation in the first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Germany.
The aircraft was shot down by a Ju 88C night fighter based at Gilze-Rijen airfield, belonging to Nachtjagdgeschwader 2.
Following post war enquiries and investigations it was established that the aircraft crashed near Gravendeel Zuid, Holland, and the remains of Sgt Johnston (RAF) and Sgt Broodbank (RAAF) were interred at Crooswijk Cemetery, Rotterdam. Also the severity of the explosion in the crash was such that it was found impossible to recover the remains of the other three missing crew members and in 1948 it was recorded that they had no known grave. Their names are commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing, Runnymede, UK:

Pilot: Sgt W R C Johnston RCAF
Observer: 403132 Sgt James Donn-Patterson RAAF
Wireless Operation/Air Gunner:401412 Sgt George Frederick Bolton
Wireless Operator?Air Gunner:404913 Sgt Michael Lotherington Glenton-Wright RAAF
Air Gunner:405256 Sgt Ronald Arthur Broodbank RAAF

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T1543&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
Google Maps
http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ListingReports/ItemsListing.aspx
https://www.awm.gov.au//catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z017_1.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
27-Jun-2012 04:47 RossGmann Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Nov-2012 04:36 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2017 09:23 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
31-Dec-2017 22:54 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Narrative]
12-Jan-2018 21:07 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
24-Jan-2018 11:25 XindelX Updated [Operator, Destination airport]
21-Apr-2020 07:45 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2020 14:02 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]

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