Accident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V N1361,
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Date:Friday 24 May 1940
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V
Owner/operator:58 Sqn RAF loaned to 78 Sqn RAF
Registration: N1361
MSN: AWA.1525
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Ardennes, Ochamps, Libin, Luxembourg -   Belgium
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk.V N1361 ("EY-F") of 58 Squadron, RAF. Lost on armed reconnaissance over German troop columns in Northern France. Target also reported as La Capelle. Came down at Ochamps, in the Ardennes, Belgium. Aircraft was on loan to 78 Squadron at the time of its loss

Cause of loss not established. Of the crew of five, one was killed, the other four survived to be captured and taken as PoWs:
Pilot: Flt Lt Ian Ledoux McLaren (Service Number 35151, aged 24) KIA
Wireless Op/Air Gunner: Sgt James Ronald Mirfin (Service Number 590718) PoW
Wireless Op/Air gunner: Sgt John Buckfield (Service Number 580759) PoW
Wireless Op/Air gunner: LAC John Spencer (Service Number 551641) PoW
Air Gunner: AC.1 H.Wilkinson PoW

Flight Lt McLaren is buried in Hotton War Cemetery where he is recorded as having belonged to No.78 Squadron. Sgt J.Buckfield was interned in Camps 8B/L3/L1. PoW No.13091. Sgt J.R.Mirfin in Camps 8B/L1/L6/357, PoW No.13102. LAC J.Spencer in Camps 8B/L6/357, PoW No.13063. AC1 H.Wilkinson in Camps 8B/L3/L6/357, PoW No.13106

This aircraft was on loan from 58 Sqn to 78 Sqn. Ochamps (in Walloon Ôtchamp ) is a village and a section of the Belgian municipality of Libin located in the Walloon Region in the province of Luxembourg in the Belgian Ardennes, a few kilometers east of Libramont, at approximate co ordinates: 49°55' North, 5°16' East.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977 p 7)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/531:

Revision history:

04-Feb-2011 13:43 ThW Added
30-Dec-2011 15:12 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
23-Jan-2012 03:28 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
17-Oct-2013 17:26 Anon. Updated [Registration, Operator, Narrative]
18-Oct-2013 19:48 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
03-Oct-2018 22:41 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 09:20 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
11-Aug-2019 19:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
11-Aug-2019 19:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
30-Jun-2022 03:24 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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