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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52910
Last updated: 19 January 2021
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Date:16-APR-1942
Time:03:24 LT
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk Ic
Owner/operator:214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron Royal Air Force (214 (Federated Malay States) Sqn RAF)
Registration: Z8951
C/n / msn: BU-X
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:on the road connecting Deurne and Helmond; Noord-Brabant -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Operation - Dortmund, Germany.
Illuminated by searchlights and claimed hit by Flak (Reserve-Flak-Abteilung 221, Reserve-Flak-Abteilung 447, Reserve-Flak-Abteilung 646 & Reserve-Flak-Abteilung 305).
The local searchlight battery 'Gruppe 2' claimed the Wellington downed through 'Blendwirkung' or 'blinded by searchlight(s)'.
The searchlight and Flak claims were confirmed by the OKL/RLM. Two night fighter claims by the I./NJG 1 based at Venlo were both rejected.
The crew all rest at Eindhoven:

Pilot: J/5490 Plt Off Lawrence Malcolm Leech RCAF Eindhoven(Woensel)General Cemetery JJ 51
Co-Pilot: 100558 Plt Off Harry Arthur Shortt Eindhoven(Woensel)General Cemetery JJ 52
Observer: 1064100 Sgt Jack Ward Eindhoven(Woensel)General Cemetery JJ 54-56
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 998624 Sgt Percy Heppenstall Eindhoven(Woensel)General Cemetery JJ 54-56
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 1251531 Sgt Geoffrey Malcolm Charles Turner Eindhoven(Woensel)General Cemetery JJ 53
Air Gunner: 1092735 Sgt Vernon Ernest Egan Eindhoven(Woensel)General Cemetery JJ 54-56

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T1482&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
Google Maps
CWGC
ORB 214 (Federated Malay States) Sqdn RAF


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
15-Apr-2017 08:09 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Dec-2017 13:49 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Dec-2017 14:19 Red Dragon Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
02-Jan-2018 17:40 XindelX Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source]
18-Apr-2020 09:26 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
18-Apr-2020 09:28 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]

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