Incident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk II K9008,
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Date:Saturday 28 October 1939
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk II
Owner/operator:51 Sqn RAF
Registration: K9008
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles NE of Vertus, Marne -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles NE of Vertus, Marne
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.II K9008 ("MH-J") of 51 Squadron, RAF. Lost on combat operations on the night of 27-28.9.39. The aircraft left Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles (5.5 km) northeast of Vertus, in the Marne department in northeastern France (at approximate Coordinates: 48°56′14″N 004°03′30″E) at the end of the day, bound for Frankfurt on a 'Nickel' (Leaflet Dropping) mission, though the crews suffered dreadfully from the effects of the cold and the airframes from severe icing.

While overflying the eastern part of France, crew encountered severe icing conditions and an engine fire. Flt Lt Wynton’s machine, with six inches of ice accreted on the wings, went into a steep dive but with an almost superhuman effort the co-pilot, Sgt Hyde, managed to coax K9008 ‘MH-J’ to a relatively soft landing in France. While the aircraft was damaged beyond repair, all five crewmen were unhurt.

Crew:-
Pilot : Flight Sergeant John Herbert Phillip Wynton RAF 511121 (Officer:49335 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 01 September, 1942)
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner : Aircraftman 1st Class Albert James Heller RAF 552112
Sergeant W Foster RAF
Sergeant D C Hide RAF
Corporal Ernest Short RAF 567019

Sources:

1. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-armstrong-whitworth-aw38-whitley-iii-france-0
2. https://britainatwar.keypublishing.com/2018/11/22/feature-51-squadrons-war/
3. https://backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/whitley/25610-K90081939-10-28.html
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villeneuve-les-Vertus_Aerodrome
5. Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Apr-2019 18:56 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Apr-2019 10:34 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
31-May-2024 06:53 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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