Incident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk II K8969,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186188
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Date:Monday 4 September 1939
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk II
Owner/operator:58 Sqn RAF
Registration: K8969
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:next to River Marne, Dormans, 35 km SW of Reims -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Leconfield, East Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Leconfield, East Yorkshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk II K8969 "GE-G" of 58 Squadron, RAF Leconfield, East Yorkshire. Written off (lost on combat operations): Left RAF Leconfield at 22:19 LT on 3.9.39 for a Nickel raid on the Ruhr (leaflets dropping). While cruising by night, an engine failed, forcing the crew to attempt an emergency landing. Aircraft crash landed in a cabbage field located along the River Marne, on the east bank of the river, near the village of Dormans, some 35 km southwest of Reims. While all five occupants survived, but were injured, the aircraft was destroyed.

Crew (58 Squadron):
F/O J. A. O'Neill, pilot,
F/O C. S. P. Russell, pilot,
Sgt Rawles, observer,
AC1 Mitchell, radio operator,
AC1 Walker. air gunner.



Revision history:

06-Apr-2016 18:23 gerard57 Added
09-Nov-2018 17:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
20-Mar-2019 12:26 Anon. Updated [Cn, Narrative]
15-Apr-2019 17:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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