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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208857
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Date:05-APR-1943
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers Wellington Mk III
Owner/operator:426 (Thunderbird) Sqn RCAF
Registration: X3699
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea off Cromer -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Dishforth
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Target: Kiel
Takeoff time: 20:30

P.O Kennedy RCAF and crew, flying Wellington 111 X - 3699, coded OW-Q, were hit by Flak just before the target, the rear turret was damaged. They then turned for home and found that a light was on that could not be turned off. This attracted a JU-88 which attacked the Wellington. The hydraulics were damaged and the bomb doors opened. About five minutes from the coast, both engines quit and they ditched hard into the North Sea and broke up. P/O D Laskey RCAF, the wireless operator and Segeant L Anderson (RCAF), the bomb aimer, were able to get to the dinghy but were not able to turn it over. They tried to paddle it over to where PO K Walley, the navigator and Sergeant Beaton RCAF, the rear gunner, were calling. After about four and a half hours, a destroyer was able to pick them up. Sadly the pilot, navigator and rear gunner perished.

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1943 Part One
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43688219@N00/2453022046


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Apr-2018 20:36 TigerTimon Added
12-Oct-2018 12:29 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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