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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76241
Last updated: 24 August 2019
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Date:26-APR-1941
Time:02:30 LT
Type:Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I
Owner/operator:54 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (54 OTU RAF)
Registration: N1568
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Thorp Arch, near Wetherby, Yorkshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Took off at about 1.a.m. to carry out a night flying exercise
At about 2 a.m. over Boston Spa, aircraft was involved in combat with a Ju 88 night fighter flown by Lt Pfeiffer of NJG2. During evasive action at low level, the Defiant hit a tree, crashed and exploded killing both airmen instantly. A memorial plaque dedicated to the two fallen on the 29.04.2007 can be found at Thorp Arch Church.
Crew:
Sgt (908262) Frederick Charles Eric CROZIER (pilot) RAFVR - Killed
F/Sgt (802438) George BELL (AG) RAF - Killed

Sources:

ORB 54 OTU RAF
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part one


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Aug-2010 04:29 penguin832 Added
30-Dec-2011 09:07 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
23-Aug-2013 17:55 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
24-Aug-2013 09:54 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Aug-2013 06:02 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
14-Sep-2014 11:34 Jixon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
24-Apr-2019 07:28 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Source]

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