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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 224090
Last updated: 10 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk II
Owner/operator:102 Squadron Royal Air Force (102 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K8950
MSN: AWA.1394
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kassel -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.II K8950 ("DY-M") of 102 Squadron, RAF. Written off (failed to return) on combat operations 9.9.39: Left RAF Driffield at 23:55 LT with the Ruhr as its objective. Aircraft tasked with a "Nickel" (leaflet dropping) operation. Crashed in unknown circumstances - but most likely shot down by Flak over Thuringia, crashing near Kassel, Germany.

The official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/9) states " Whitley K8950 forced to land in Germany, 9 September 1939". All five crew from 102 Squadron were taken prisoner. The co-pilot was Pilot Officer Alfred Burke Thompson, a Canadian

Crew of Whitley K8950:
Squadron Leader Stephen Murray - Pilot
Pilot Officer Alan Thompson - Second Pilot
Sergeant Charles Hill - Observer
Aircraftman 1st Class Sam Burry - Wireless Operator
Aircraftman 1st Class Peter Pacey - Rear Gunner

It is reported that AC.1 Sam Burry had the distinction of being POW Number 1 in German POW records


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain 1976 p 74)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/9;
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Revision history:

17-Apr-2019 19:18 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Apr-2019 10:33 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
01-Jun-2019 16:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
15-Jun-2019 20:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
28-Oct-2019 12:36 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
05-Nov-2019 21:59 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
15-Apr-2020 18:38 TB Updated [Location]

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