Mid-air collision Accident Short Stirling Mk I N6010, Sunday 11 May 1941
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Date:Sunday 11 May 1941
Time:00:36 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic strl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:7 Sqn RAF
Registration: N6010
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Beverbruch, Garrel, Niedersachsen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 22:11 LT for an operation to Berlin.
Near Cloppenburg, the aircraft collided with a Messerschmitt Bf 110 C-4 flown by night fighter pilot Feldwebel Heinrich Säwert of the 3./NJG 3 (based at Vechta airfield). Both aircraft crashed, the Luftwaffe pilot was the only one who survived. He bailed out with minor injuries.

Crew:-
Pilot : Flight Lieutenant Neville Williams DFC RNZAF NZ/1068 [Killed]
2nd Pilot : Sergeant Eric John Rapley RAFVR 748174 [Killed]
Observer : Flying Officer Donald Mackay RAF 44564 (NCO:532942 : Commission Gazetted Friday 04 October, 1940) [Killed]
Navigator : Sergeant Raymond Charles Watkins RAF 572749 [Killed]
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner : Sergeant Will Frank Hodson RAFVR 944266 [Killed]
Mid-Upper Gunner : Sergeant Ronald Anthony Pickers RAF 567731 [Killed]
Rear Gunner : Sergeant Laurence Smith RAFVR 936263 [Killed]

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part one
Aircrew Remembered - http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=N6010
Google Maps
the crash site was found by the German historian Volker Urbansky, email: v.urbansky@t-online.de
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-May-2019 20:50 TigerTimon Added
12-May-2019 12:17 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
09-May-2024 07:03 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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