Incident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk II K8988,
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Date:Saturday 28 October 1939
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: K8988
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Triaucourt-en-Argonne, Meuse, 17 km north of Revigny -   France
Phase: Combat
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
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.II K8988 ("MH-H") 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.

A few hours later, it crash landed in Triaucourt-en-Argonne, Meuse, 17 km north of Revigny. All five crewmen of 51 Squadron were slightly injured. The exact circumstances of the accident remains unknown, but airframe icing - which claimed Whitleys K8984 and K9008 on the same operation on the same night - was a likely cause.

Pilot : Sergeant Thomas William Bowles RAF 564563
Observer : Sergeant Alan Arnold Emery DFM RAF 590422 (Officer:45801 : Commission Gazetted Friday 20 June, 1941)
Rear Gunner : Sergeant A Griffin RAF [Injured]
Sergeant E J Barber RAF
Aircraftman 1st Class R Jackson RAF


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976)
3. Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

15-Apr-2019 19:10 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Apr-2019 10:35 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
08-Jun-2024 19:53 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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