Accident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B Mk V N1424,
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Date:Thursday 11 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: N1424
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Berchem, Antwerp -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley B.Mk.V N1424 (GE-P) 58 Squadron, RAF: Written off (presumed destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over Belgium. All five crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1101): " Whitley N1424 crashed near Berchem, Belgium, 11 July 1940. Sergeant L Isherwood, Sergeant D B Hopes, Sergeant N Emmerson, Sergeant F Young and Sergeant B M Bennett: report of deaths"

Airborne from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire to bomb targets at Leverkusen, Germany. Shot down by Flak/AAA and crashed near Berchem, Antwerp, Belgium. No survivors among the five crew

Crew of Whitley N1424:
Sergeant Leonard Isherwood (Navigator/Bomb Aimer) RAF 550470, aged 20 - killed in action 11/07/1940
Sergeant Denis Beach Hopes (Pilot) RAF 741881, aged 25 - killed in action 11/07/1940
Sergeant Norman Emmerson (Air Gunner) RAF 642716, aged 20 - killed in action 11/07/1940
Sergeant Frederick Young (2nd Pilot) RAF 517288, aged 26 - killed in action 11/07/1940
Sergeant Benjamin Michael Bennett (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 649294 - killed in action 11/07/1940

All five crew were buried at Schoonselhof Cemetery, Antwerp, Belgium. The reported crash location of Berchem is a southern district of the municipality and city of Antwerp in the Flemish Region of Belgium, at approximate Coordinates: 51°11′N 04°25′E


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977 p 7)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File Air 81/1101:


Revision history:

13-Oct-2019 22:12 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Oct-2019 07:30 juza7 Updated [Operator]
19-May-2024 16:34 Anon Updated [Narrative, Category]

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