Accident Vickers Wellington Mk III Z1577 ,
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Date:Friday 24 July 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers Wellington Mk III
Owner/operator:9 Sqn RAF
Registration: Z1577
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Wetten, Kevelaer, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 01:21 hrs for an operation to Duisburg in Nordrhein-Westfalen.
The aircraft was hit by heavy (schwere) Flak and crashed at Wetten. Sgt Ratcliff died on 6 August 1942 from injuries sustained in the crash:

Pilot:102098 Fg Off Henry Ernest Brown - Reichswald Forest War Cemetery 28. D. 5. (NCO:741440 Commission Gazetted : Friday 22 August, 1941)
107916 Plt Off N Jefferies PoW Stalag Luft 3 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 6450. (NCO:1165656 Commission Gazetted : Tuesday 30 December, 1941)
J/8103 Plt Off G B Smith RCAF PoW Stalag Luft 3 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 6452
R/78363 Sgt Alfred Frank Chilvers Ratcliffe RCAF (Initially Injured) - Reichswald forest War Cemetery 31. E. 1.
R/105057 Sgt Jack Arthur Westwood RCAF PoW


Bomber Command Losses 1942
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
Google Maps
RAF Prisoners of war
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
8 July 1941 R1040 9 Sqn RAF 6 Wilhelminasingel street, Maastricht, Limburg w/o
8 September 1941 Z8845 9 Sqn RAF 6 near the Bruggelaan road at Terwispel, Friesland w/o
6 January 1942 X3388 9 Sqn RAF 1 RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, England w/o
29 July 1942 X3456 9 Sqn RAF 5 off the Frisian islands w/o
29 July 1942 X3606 9 Sqn RAF 4 Bürgerpark in Bremen w/o
1 August 1942 BJ878 9 Sqn RAF 5 Hasselbeck, Ratingen, Nordrhein-Westfalen w/o

Revision history:

19-Feb-2018 18:41 Red Dragon Added
12-Nov-2018 15:07 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
07-May-2020 18:39 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Cn, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
23-Jul-2023 06:58 Rob Davis Updated [[Time, Cn, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]]

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