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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52922
Last updated: 6 April 2021
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Type:Vickers Wellington Mk II
Owner/operator:158 Squadron Royal Air Force (158 Sqn RAF)
Registration: W5482
C/n / msn: NP-X
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea 8 km off Oostende -   Belgium
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:RAF Driffield (takeoff at 22:01 hrs)
Destination airport:
Operation: Took off for a Nickels mission to Lille. Nickels - Airborne leaflet propaganda (Strictly speaking, not a slang term but a cover name used in the RAF to describe/disguise leaflet dropping, which was known as nickelling). Three bodies were washed ashore and taken for burial in Belgium and Holland.

Pilot: 1377677 Sgt Walter David Amos - Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery Plot 85 Row C Grave 14
Observer: 1161197 Sgt Ian Mactaggat Mackirdy - Ostende New Communal Cemetery Plot 9 Row 4 Grave 18
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:934097 Sgt Douglas Harold Till - Ostende New Communal Cemetery Plot 9 Row 4 Grave 19.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 923920 Sgt Basil Edwin Whitbread - Runnymede Memorial Panel 96.
Air Gunner: 977122 Sgt Thomas Anthony Frederick Davies - Runnymede Memorial Panel 81.

Bomber Command Losses
Aircrew Remembered.

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
10-Apr-2017 07:18 TigerTimon Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
01-Dec-2017 13:32 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2018 19:55 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
17-Apr-2020 17:41 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage]

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