Accident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V Z6493,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53388
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Date:Saturday 17 May 1941
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V
Owner/operator:78 Sqn RAF
Registration: Z6493
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sevenum, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Middleton St George, County Durham
Destination airport:
The crew were briefed to attack Köln, Germany. Takeoff at 22:43 local time.

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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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
18-Oct-2013 19:43 Anon. Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-May-2019 06:53 TigerTimon Updated [Cn, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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