Incident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V N1408,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53945
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Date:Sunday 19 May 1940
Time:01:55 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: N1408
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Kolenfeld, Wunstorf, Niedersachsen -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Dishforth
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 20:20 LT for an operation to an oil refinery plant at Hannover.
Over Germany, hit by Flak of the 2./Reserve-Flak-Abteilung 521 and crashed.

Pilot : Squadron Leader William Henry Nigel Turner DFC RAF 26216 [PoW]
Observer : Flying Officer Anthony Colin Peach RAF 40256 [PoW]
Bomb Aimer : Sergeant David James Ross Wilson RAF 580878 [PoW]
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner : Sergeant Douglas Sydney Edmondson RAF 543850 [PoW]
Rear Gunner : Aircraftman 2nd Class George B Smith RAF 621323 [PoW]

AC2 Smith was sent Heydekrug POW Camp while the rest of the crew were sent to Sagan.

Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War Volume 1 1939-1940 page 130 Second Edition
Author:- W R Chorley.
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part one
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
3 September 1940 P5011 51 Sqn RAF 0 field beside the Great North Road at RAF Dishforth, Yorkshire, England sub


From the archives of the late Robert Dixon and passed to me by his widow

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
19-Jun-2013 11:13 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
11-Mar-2016 15:54 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jul-2019 18:14 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jan-2021 19:48 thunderbird167 Updated [Country, Photo]
19-Oct-2021 18:34 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
15-May-2024 06:40 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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