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Date:28-AUG-1942
Time:02:20 approx
Type:Vickers Wellington Mk III
Owner/operator:101 Squadron Royal Air Force (101 Sqn RAF)
Registration: X3657
C/n / msn: SR-Q
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Martlesham Heath, Suffolk, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Stradishall, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 20:50 hrs local time for an operation to Kassel in Germany & crash-landed on return due to battle damage.

The following is 'Bill' Collett's account of the crash - from his diary.
Thanks to - Max Collett

" What a day.

Taking "Q" Queenie to-night. Went to do an air test in the afternoon but the kite was u/s, so did a ground test after tea. Target - Kassel. At last we got away at 8.50. No trouble over the Dutch coast - passed North of Amsterdam and had quite a bit of flak light and intense. Arrived at the target 20 minutes early so stooged around and watched the fireworks, let the bombs go at 11.47. - Bright moonlight and intense ground haze. Coming home the fun started. Flak & S/L (Search Lights) from Hamm, then got caught in the S/L's over Essen and were hit several times by heavy flak, diving from 16,000 to 3,500 & finally got clear, then we climbed to height and crossed over Overflakkee at 12,000, were 30 miles out to sea when we were attacked by a night-fighter (from Nachtjagdgeschwader 2, author's note). Rear gunner severely injured, hydraulics shot up, no H.S.I, wheels down, bomb doors open, T.R. & wireless u/s, crossed English coast at 3,500, called darky and immediately got a reply - drome lit up by S/L and we crash-landed, - got Mick out & about 1 minute later the kite burst into flames. Landed at Martlesham Heath - at about 02.20 0n August 28th.........................

Good Show ! "

Sources:

http://restorebike.co.uk/Raysnet/crash1.html
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=X3657


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