Incident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk IV K9048,
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Date:Wednesday 24 April 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk IV
Owner/operator:51 Sqn RAF
Registration: K9048
MSN: AWA.1501
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Target: Aalborg Airfield, Aalborg -   Denmark
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Dishforth, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Armstrong Whitley Whitley B.Mk. IV K9048 (MH-P) of 51 Squadron, RAF crashed, during flight to attack Aalborg Aerodrome, Denmark, 24 April 1940. the aircraft was struck by flak and later force landed near Oslo, Norway. All five crew survived, were captured, and taken as POWs

Pilot : Flight Lieutenant Thomas Keith "the Breed" Milne RAF 39106 [PoW]
Observer : Flying Officer Bernard Warren Hayward MiD RAF 39521 [PoW]
Wireless Operator : Sergeant John Buchan Ritchie RAF 550360 [PoW]
Front Gunner : Warrant Officer Albert William George Lyne RAF 531756 [PoW]
Rear Gunner : Leading Aircraftman Frank Hargreaves RAF 619153 [PoW]

The London Gazette states that Bernard Hayward relinquished his RAF Flt/Lt Commission in November 1944 on appointment to the RCAF, presumably while he was a prisoner of war.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1976 p 75)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/167:
5. Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

10-Jun-2019 20:18 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Jun-2019 05:50 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
23-Apr-2024 06:41 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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