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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225899
Last updated: 11 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 Mk V
Owner/operator:77 Squadron Royal Air Force (77 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N1351
MSN: AWA.1515
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gerolstein, Vulkaneifel district (Rhl.-Pfalz) -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V N1351 of 77 Squadron, RAF: The crew was performing a reconnaissance mission over Germany and left RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire at 22:40 LT on March 27. While flying over the region of Prüm, in the early hours of March 28, the aircraft was hit by Flak and crashed in an open field located south of Gerolstein, Vulkaneifel district of Rhineland-Palatinate, some 18 km northeast of Prüm (at approximate Coordinates: 50°13′26″N, 6°39′41″E). One crew member was killed while the other four occupants survived to be taken as POWs.

Crew of Whitley N1351
Pilot Officer Graham Louis Norman (Service Number 70871) - killed in action; buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery
Flight Lieutenant L B J Boardman, (Service Number 37931) POW, detained at Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria
Warrant Officer W R Taylor, POW
Leading Aircraftman J Masters POW
Warrant Officer W Cowie POW

All except P/O Norman survived, were captured, and taken as prisoners of war


1. Royal Air Force L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/106:

Revision history:

06-Jun-2019 22:37 Dr. John Smith Added
06-Jun-2019 22:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
08-Jun-2019 10:39 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
25-Jan-2020 18:47 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location]
04-Feb-2020 11:21 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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