Accident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V Z6881,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53155
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Date:Sunday 7 September 1941
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V
Owner/operator:78 Sqn RAF
Registration: Z6881
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Burgum, Friesland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Middleton St George, County Durham
Destination airport:
The crew were briefed to attack a chemical factory at Hüls (Krefeld) in Nordrhein-Westfalen. The ATD of the aircraft from RAF Middleton St. George, County Durham was 2037

Homeward-bound, the aircraft was intercepted and shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Helmut Lent of the 4./NJG 1, who was flying Bf 110 D-3 G9+FM from Leeuwarden airfield.

Pilot P/O F.B. Thorpe +
2nd Pilot Sgt C.V. Matheson +
Observer Sgt D.V. Logan RAAF +
Wireless Operator Sgt G. Carman RNZAF +
Rear Gunner Sgt C.J. Storer +

The crew are all buried in Tietjerksteradeel (Bergum) Protestant Chuchyard, the Netherlands


Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
Google Maps
Nobody Unprepared - History of 78 Sqn Vernon Holland
4 Group Bomber Command - Chris Ward
Chorley's BCL

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

9 July 1941 Z6555 78 Sqn RAF 5 North Sea 60 km NW of Vlieland, Friesland mis
17 August 1941 Z6754 78 Sqn RAF 5 Buggenum, Limburg w/o

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
18-Oct-2013 20:23 Anon. Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Mar-2020 16:07 TigerTimon Updated [Cn, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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