Accident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk V N1461,
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Date:Tuesday 2 July 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: N1461
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Kiel, Schleswig Holstein -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V N1461 (GE-R) 58 Sqaudron, RAF; Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed to Return) from combat operations over Germany. Of the five crew, four were killed, snd one survived to be taken as a PoW. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1003): "Whitley N1461 crashed at Kiel, Germany, 2 July 1940. Sergeant D Leishman, Sergeant H E A Craven, Flying Officer L H McFarlane and Pilot Officer C J T Jones: report of deaths. Warrant Officer J P Caldwell: prisoner of war"

Airborne from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire. Target: Keil Dockyard, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein. Failed to return, presumed shot down by Flak/AAA. As stated above, four of the five crew were killed, and one survived to be taken as a PoW

Crew of Whitley N1461:
Sergeant David Leishman (Observer) RAF 51309, aged 19 - killed in action 02/07/1940
Sergeant Henry Eric Archibald Craven (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 542430, aged 24 - killed in action 02/07/1940
Flying Officer Laurence Herbert McFarlane (Pilot) RAF 39545, aged 25 - killed in action 02/07/1940
Pilot Officer Cecil John Trevelyan Jones (2nd Pilot) RAF 70805 - killed in action 02/07/1940
Warrant Officer J P Caldwell (Air Gunner) - survived, captured and taken as PoW.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1003:

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
30 September 1941 Z6944 58 Sqn RAF 5 Elbe river at Hamburg-Altengamme (probably) w/o
12 March 1942 Z9227 58 Sqn RAF 5 S of Ameland, Friesland w/o

Revision history:

04-Oct-2019 19:07 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Oct-2019 11:08 juza7 Updated [Operator]

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