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Narrative:The crew were briefed to attack Köln, Germany. Takeoff at 22:43 local time.
|Date:||Saturday 17 May 1941|
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V
|Owner/operator:||78 Sqn RAF|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Sevenum, Limburg -
|Departure airport:||RAF Middleton St George, County Durham|
Z6493/EY-V was coned by searchlights, intercepted and shot down by night fighter pilot Unteroffizier Eberhard Pross of the 3./NJG 1, who was flying a Bf 110 D-3 from Venlo airfield.
The Messerschmitt was badly damaged in return fire however, its pilot being killed in a crash-landing at Venlo airfield.
The crew are all buried at the Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, the Netherlands:-
Pilot : Pilot Officer John Aubrey Trevor Garrould RAFVR 60818 [Killed] (NCO:903066 Commission Gazetted : Friday 07 March, 1941)
2nd Pilot : Sergeant Robert Sydney Langston Keymer RAFVR 948441 [Killed]
Observer : Flight Sergeant Reginald James Garlish RAFVR 759206 [Killed]
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner : Sergeant Edward Oakes RAFVR 975986 [Killed]
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner : Flight Sergeant Alexander Plant Smith RAF 653803 [Killed]
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