Incident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk V N1522,
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Date:Wednesday 5 June 1940
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk V
Owner/operator:77 Sqn RAF
Registration: N1522
MSN: AWA.1650
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Ghent, East Flanders -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.V N1522 (KN-G) 77 Sqaudron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations. All five crew survived, but were captured and taken as PoWs. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/774): "Whitley N1522 crashed near Ghent, Belgium, 5 June 1940. Sergeant M A Oliver, Sergeant W G Best, Leading Aircraftman V G Allen, Aircraftman 1st Class D V Browne and Pilot Officer A C Meigh: prisoners of war".

Airborne at 21:03 on 3 June 1940 from RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire. Target: Gelsenkirchen, Germany. While flying over Ghent, Belgium, an engine caught fire. Pilot Officer Meigh sent a signal saying he was making for Abbeville in France, but this was quickly followed by a second signal stating that the crew were abandoning the aircraft. As stated above, all five crew bailed out successfully, but were captured after parachuting out of the Whitley, and taken as PoWs.

Crew of Whitley N1522:-
41859 Pilot Offcer Alan Ccooton. Meigh; survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned as PoW No. 2267 in German captivity at Stalag Luft III
566053 Sgt William George Best; survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 8B/L6/357 as PoW No.13104
580873 Sgt Morris Albert Oliver; survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 8B/L6/357 as PoW No.13033
623988 LAC Victor George Allen; survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 8B/L6/357 as PoW No.13023
552452 AC1 Derek Victor Browne; survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 8B/L6/357 as PoW No.13087

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/774: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502383
3. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/77_squadron.html#030406
4. http://www.belgians-remember-them.eu/squadron51-100.php#77%20Squadron
5. Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Sep-2019 21:10 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Sep-2019 20:05 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
23-May-2024 08:23 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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