Incident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk V N1442,
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Date:Thursday 20 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:58 Sqn RAF
Registration: N1442
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Narrative:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.V N1442 (GE-P) 58 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over Germany. All five crew survived, but were captured and taken as PoWs. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/966): "Whitley N1442 crashed at Dortmund, Germany, 20/21 June 1940. Sergeant R R Schofield, Sergeant H R Holmes, Sergeant C H Neary, Flying Officer G E Walker and Pilot Officer J Plant: prisoners of war"

Airborne at 21:15 on 20 June 1940 from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire. Target: Essen, Germany. Believed shot down by flak/AAA in the vicinity of Dortmund. Believed to have been the first crew lost on a pre-determined raid on this target (the Ruhr Valley) which was to gain a reputation as one of the most hotly defended targets in Germany. As stated above, all five crew survived, but were taken as PoWs

Crew of Whitley N1442:-
39803 Flying Officer George Edward.Walker (Pilot); survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 9AH/L3, as PoW No.1123.
40258 Pilot Officer James Plant (2nd Pilot); survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 9AH/L3, as PoW No.1126
Sgt R.R.Schofield (Navigator/Bomb Aimer); survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camps L1/L6/357, as PoW No.3.
522356 Sgt Cyril Herbert.Neary (Wireless Op./Air Gunner); survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camps L1/L3/L1, as PoW No.59.
633325 Sgt Herbert Reginalf Holmes (Air Gunner); survived, captured, taken as a PoW. Interned in PoW Camp 383, as PoW No.149

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977 p 8)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/966: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502417
3. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/58_squadron.html#202106
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dortmund
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essen#Second_World_War
6. Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Oct-2019 21:24 Dr. John Smith Added
01-Oct-2019 21:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location]
02-Oct-2019 10:17 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
28-May-2024 14:36 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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