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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52868
Last updated: 21 April 2020
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Date:31-MAY-1942
Time:02:05 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk Ic
Owner/operator:26 OTU RAF
Registration: DV740
C/n / msn: EU-O
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Alem, Gelderland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Graveley
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:05 hrs for participation in the first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Germany.
The aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Hauptmann Werner Streib & Feldwebel Walter Ruscher of the Stab I./NJG 1, who were flying a Lichtenstein-equipped Bf 110 from Venlo airfield; crashed at Alem 14km WNW of Oss.
Those who did not survive rest at Uden War Cemetery in Noord-Brabant:

Pilot:WO F G Hillyer PoW PoW
Observer:1252492 Sgt Dennis Howard Fletcher - killed
Observer:111523 Plt Off Arthur Cyril White - killed
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:978029 Sgt David Stanley Bonner Vincent - killed
Air Gunner:1264073 Sgt Hector Leslie Smith - killed

*On the day after coming down by the local police arrested and transferred to the town hall in Lith; there transferred to the German authorities, which took him to an office in Utrecht and from there to Amsterdam. The Germans also brought him back to the crash site of his aircraft. He stayed in POW camps in Sagan, Heydekrug and Gross-Tychow; his POW number was 508. In 2002 he died suddenly. His family found a plasticized photograph of his crew in the breast pocket of his vest, which he had always carried with him; they were not aware of it.

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three / for attacker
https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T1541&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
Google Maps
CWGC
RAF Prisoners of War
*Brabants Historic Information Centre


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
30-May-2017 09:31 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
31-Dec-2017 21:56 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
20-Feb-2018 17:02 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
21-Apr-2020 10:47 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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