Incident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V P4968,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53829
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Date:Tuesday 20 August 1940
Time:02:37 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V
Owner/operator:51 Sqn RAF
Registration: P4968
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Noordoostpolder, Overijssel -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Dishforth, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V P4968 ("MH-P") of 51 Sqaudron RAF. Written off (destroyed) 20-8-1940 when lost on combat operations and crashed into the Noordoostpolder, near Hoorn, Zuiderzee, Netherlands. After taking off from RAF Dishforth, North Yorkshire at 20:10 hours to bomb the electricity generating station at Zohornewitz. Wireless R/T transmissions indicated that the crew of the Whitley bombed their primary target, and were on the return trip when the aircraft came down

At 01:42 hours a distress call was made from Whitley P4968 - it appears that, at this point the pilot was forced to ditch the Whitley in the shallow waters of the Ijesselmeer. All five crew survived, were captured and taken as POWs. After five years in various POW camps, all five crew survived the war, and were repatriated in 1945.


5. Air Ministry File AIR 81/1119 at PRO Kew:

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
05-Oct-2018 20:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Nov-2018 13:06 stehlik49 Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative]
30-Jul-2019 18:03 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location]
31-Jul-2019 05:51 TigerTimon Updated [Time]
15-Jun-2022 17:27 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
17-Jun-2022 21:10 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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