Accident Vickers Wellington Mk Ic W5618, Tuesday 2 June 1942
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Date:Tuesday 2 June 1942
Time:02:31 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers Wellington Mk Ic
Owner/operator:21 OTU RAF
Registration: W5618
MSN: ?-W
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Moustier-sur-Sambre, Jemeppe-sur-Sambre, Namur -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:07 hrs for participation in the second 1,000 bomber raid; this time the target being Essen, Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Reinhold Eckardt of the 7./NJG 3 (detached to III./NJG 4), who was flying a Bf 110 from Juvincourt airfield in France.

Crew:-
Pilot : Flight Sergeant Frederick Bruce Albright RCAF R/76714 [Killed]
2nd Pilot : Flight Sergeant John Hamilion Forsyth RCAF R/86422 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 05 November, 1940) [Killed]
Air Gunner : Pilot Officer William Mortimer Richards RCAF J/15450 [Killed]
Sergeant Rex Theodore Burt RAAF Aus/407601 [Killed]
Sergeant Ernest Victor Stephens RAAF Aus/406413 [Killed]
Sergeant Douglas Alexander George Watkins RAAF Aus/406542 [PoW]

All casualties lie in the Charleroi Communal Cemetery, Belgium (50.424697 / 4.45477) except Flight Sergeant Forsyth rests in the Choloy War Cemetery, France (48.666702 / 5.850773).

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=W5618
https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/wellington-bij-charleroi
Google Maps
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Apr-2020 13:21 TigerTimon Added
26-Jun-2022 03:32 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
22-May-2024 07:57 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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