Accident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk V N1460,
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Date:Tuesday 18 June 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk V
Owner/operator:58 Sqn RAF
Registration: N1460
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Neukirchen-Vluyn, 10 km NNW of Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.V N1460 (GE-R) 58 Sqaudron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over Germany. All five crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/654): "Whitley N1460 crashed at Neukirchen near Dortmund, Germany on 18/19 June 1940. Sergeant L Whittle, Sergeant C F Mackay, Sergeant M L Dent, Pilot Officer C N Buist and Flying Officer J T MacInnes: report of deaths".

Airborne at 21:15 hours on 18 June 1940 from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire. Target: Shipping at Castrop-Rauxel. W/T signals reporting shipping had been sighted were received at 23:35 hours, after which the bomber crashed at Neukirchen-Vluyn, 10 km North-North West of Krefeld, Germany. As stated above, there were no survivors among the five crew.

Crew of Whitley N1460:
Flying Officer (Pilot) John Thomas MacInnes, RAF 37753, age 29, killed in action 19/06/1940
Pilot Officer (Pilot) Clement Neville Buist, RAF 42690 (Australian), age 20, killed in action 19/06/1940
Sergeant (Observer) Malcolm Llewellyn Dent, RAF 524057, age 23, killed in action 19/06/1940
Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Leonard Whittle, RAF 533685, killed in action 19/06/1940
Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Cornelius Francis Mckay, RAF 549190, age 23, killed in action 19/06/1940

All five crew fatalities were buried at the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The reported crash location of Neukirchen-Vluyn is a town in the district of Wesel, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated approximately 5 km west of Moers, and 15 km north of Krefeld, at approximate Coordinates: 51°26′30″N 6°33′30″E


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 8)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/954:

Revision history:

30-Sep-2019 17:26 Dr. John Smith Added
02-Oct-2019 09:23 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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