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Last updated: 11 September 2021
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Date:09-JUL-1940
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk V
Owner/operator:10 Squadron Royal Air Force (10 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N1496
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Heligoland Bight -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Dishforth, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Dishforth, North Yorkshire
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.V N1496 (ZA-P), 10 Squadron, RAF. Written off (damaged beyond repair) when lost (Filed To Return) from combat operations over Germany. All five crew survived, were captured, and taken as PoWs. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1047): "Whitley N1496 force landed at Heligoland Bight, Germany, 9 July 1940. Sergeant P R Donaldson, Sergeant J P Atkinson, Aircraftman 1st Class A G W Miller, Flight Lieutenant D A Ffrench-Mullen and Pilot Officer W A K Carr: prisoners of war"

Airborne 21:04 on the evening of 9 July 1940 from RAF Dishforth, North Yorkshire. Target: Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Severely damaged by Flak/AAA ground fire en route to the target and force landed on the Heligoland Bight, which is a bay that forms the southern part of the German Bight, itself a bay of the North Sea, located at the mouth of the Elbe river. The Heligoland Bight extends from the mouth of the River Elbe to the islands of Heligoland and lies between the East Frisian island of Wangerooge and the North Frisian peninsula of Eiderstedt (at approximate coordinates 541′N 816′E)

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977 p 8)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1047: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502913
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heligoland_Bight
4. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/whitley/27253-N14961940-07-09.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Oct-2019 20:56 Dr. John Smith Added
09-Oct-2019 20:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
09-Oct-2019 21:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
10-Oct-2019 16:35 juza7 Updated [Operator]

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