Accident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk II N1364,
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Date:Saturday 11 November 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:77 Sqn RAF
Registration: N1364
MSN: AWA.1528
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Bouxurulles, 6 km SW of Charmes, Vosges -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles NE of Vertus, Marne
Destination airport:Villeneuve-les-Vertus Aerodrome, 3.4 miles NE of Vertus, Marne
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.II N1364 (KN-A) of 77 Squadron, RAF. Written off (destroyed) when lost on combat operations on the night of 10-11.11.39. The crew was returning to his base in Villeneuve-les-Vertus following a "Nickel" (leaflet dropping) mission over Frankfurt. En route, the aircraft went out of control and crashed in a field located in Bouxurulles, 6 km southwest of Charmes, Vosges, France. All five crew were killed.

Pilot: Squadron Leader JAMES ALDO BARTLETT BEGG, RAF 29158 (Killed)
Crew: Sgt RICHARD WALSH, RAF 564425 (Killed)
Crew: Sgt CHARLES THOMAS, RAF 550369 (Killed)
Crew: AC.1 HARRY TAYLOR, RAF 537970 (Killed)
Crew: AC.1 HARRY LAYBOURNE, RAF 525796 (Killed)


1. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/45:

Revision history:

15-Apr-2019 19:25 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Apr-2019 10:35 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
03-Jun-2019 23:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]

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