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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203620
Last updated: 1 March 2021
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Type:Vickers Wellington Mk III
Owner/operator:9 Sqn Royal Air Force (9 Sqn RAF)
Registration: X3469
C/n / msn: WS-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Retie, province of Antwerpen -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 23:22 hrs for participation in the first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Germany.
As a result of a petrol shortage the port engine failed. The aircraft crash-landed at Retie 10km SE of Turnhout Belgium. Sgt Langton and Flt Sgt Welsh were badly injured as they were thrown from the iarcraft as it came down. It was discovered that when help arrived Sgt Pexman had died from the severe head wounds that he had received. The three others managed to initially evade capture for a few days, but were eventually taken prisoner of war:

Sgt S A Langton - Suffered head and arm injuries. After a long stay in hospital he was repatriated after a few months
138016 Flt Sgt G T Welsh PoW Stalag Luft 3 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 536.
1100470 Sgt J Haworth PoW Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug. PoW Number 504.
1111985 Sgt J Johnson PoW Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug. PoW Number 511
Air Gunner:1202557 Sgt Kenneth Richard Pexman - Schoonselhof Cemtery II. H. 39.


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Revision history:

30-Dec-2017 22:50 Red Dragon Added
12-Nov-2018 15:03 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
21-Apr-2020 14:36 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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