Incident Boeing B-17 Fortress Mk II SR381, 22 Jun 1944
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Date:22-JUN-1944
Time:02:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic B17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing B-17 Fortress Mk II
Owner/operator:214 (Federated Malay States) Squadron Royal Air Force (214 (Federated Malay States) Sqn RAF)
Registration: SR381
MSN: BU-F
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Oulton, Norfolk
Destination airport:Gelsenkirchen
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:50 hrs for a Bomber Support operation, for the benefit of the RAF Bomber Command Wesseling & Scholven-Buer raids.

North of Maastricht at 01:17 hrs, the aircraft was shot up by Heinkel He 219 A-0 G9+FL flown by Hauptmann Strüning & Oberleutnant Fritz-Konrad Apel of the 3./NJG 1, who had taken off from Venlo airfield at around 00:40 hrs. One of the crew was injured.
The Fortress managed to struggle back to the UK, where it was lost in a crash. On landing at RAF Woodbridge, the aircraft hit a 61 Squadron Lancaster, cutting it in two. The damage was assessed as being in category E (write-off).

Crew:
Pilot - F/L DM Peden, DFC (RCAF)
Flight Eng - Sgt KW Bailey (RAF)
Wireless Op/Air Gunner - F/Sgt RH Hembrow (RAAF)
Air Gunner (mid upper) - Sgt AE Lester (RAF)
Navigator - F/Sgt S Mather (RAF)
Air Gunner (rear) - F/Sgt JD Phillips (RAAF)
Wireless Op/Air Gunner - WO2 A Stanley DFM (RAF) - Injured, cannon shell splinters in skull.
Air Gunner (waist) - F/Sgt JW Walker (RCAF)
Bomb AImer - F/O JB Waters (RCAF)

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part three
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=SR381
http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?3621-R-A-F-Aircraft-WWII-categories-of-repair
https://www.214squadron.org.uk/Crews_and_losses/Crews_and_losses_Fortress.htm#SR381


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Oct-2020 18:53 TigerTimon Added
12-Oct-2020 18:54 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]
23-Mar-2021 16:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
09-Jan-2022 18:14 tachel Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Jan-2022 19:25 tachel Updated [Narrative]
09-Jan-2022 19:26 tachel Updated [Narrative]
09-Jan-2022 19:26 tachel Updated [Narrative]

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