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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 205304
Last updated: 9 February 2020
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Date:26-JUN-1942
Time:
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk IC
Owner/operator:27 Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (27 OTU RAF)
Registration: R1162
C/n / msn: BB-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:Lost Without Trace (Target: Bremen) -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Lichfield, Staffordshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Vickers Wellington R1162 (BB-R) was transferred to No. 27 O.T.U., RAF Lichfield, Staffordshire, on 16 August 1941. (Previously AA-Y of 75 (New Zealand) Squadron RAF and had the iconic nose art of a soda siphon squirting bombs painted by the rear gunner Pilot Officer Edward Wilcox RAF whilst at RAF Feltwell. ) She failed to return from the third One Thousand Bomber raid on Bremen, on the night of June 25/26, 1942, one of twenty-three OTU aircraft and crews lost that night. Other crews reported that the aircraft was possibly shot down over the target. Following post war enquiries and investigations, it was recorded in 1949 that the missing crew had no known grave.

Crew
Pilot:J/7422 Plt Off Thomas Fraser Lamb RCAF - killed
Observer: Aus/405174 Sgt Neville Holt Cox RAAF - killed
Observer: Aus/403940 Sgt James Bruce Mathers RAAF - killed
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: Aus/403786 Sgt Kenneth Hastings Poynting RAAF - killed
Air Gunner: Aus/400442 Sgt James Murray Synnott RAAF - killed

Sources:

1. RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead/
3. 27 OTU RAF ORB
4. Bomber Command Losses 1942 by W.R. Chorley
5. https://75nzsquadron.wordpress.com/tag/r1162-aa-y/
6. https://75nzsquadron.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/pilot-officer-ted-wilcox-and-the-famous-soda-siphon-spitting-bombs/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Jan-2018 19:43 Red Dragon Added
20-Feb-2018 17:23 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-May-2019 22:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Sep-2019 19:44 M.Wilcox Updated [Source, Narrative]

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