Accident Short Stirling Mk I R9290, Thursday 29 April 1943
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Date:Thursday 29 April 1943
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic strl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:75 (NZ) Sqn RAF
Registration: R9290
MSN: AA-X
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:North Sea 40 km SW of Esbjerg or 80 km SW of Ringkøbing -   Denmark
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Newmarket
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Probably shot down by a night fighter. Two different claims apply on this aircraft:
- shot down at 01:17 by Hauptmann Hans Baer of the 4./NJG 3, flying Do 217 N-1 D5+FM from Westerland airfield, Germany. Location: North Sea 40 km SW of Esbjerg
or
- shot down at 01:45 by Feldwebel Rudolf Mangelsdorf of the 12./NJG 3, flying a Ju 88 from Grove airfield. Location: North Sea 80 km SW of Ringkøbing

Operation: Gardening – mine-laying operations
Target area: Radish (Fehmarn Belt)
Call Sign: AA-X
Takeoff time: 20:41
Crew:-
Pilot : Flight Sergeant Alfred Edward Lewis RAAF Aus/412458 [Killed]
Flight Engineer : Sergeant Andrew Graham RAFVR 1369996 [Killed]
Navigator : Sergeant Henry George Corin RNZAF NZ/417269 [Killed]
Bomb Aimer : Flying Officer Charles John Bickham RAF 49977 (NCO:544415 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 08 December, 1942) [Killed]
Wireless Operator : Sergeant Frederick Arthur Moulton RAFVR 1292879 [Killed]
Mid-Upper Gunner : Sergeant John Herbert Whitehart RAFVR 964185 [Killed]
Rear Gunner : Sergeant Victor Charles Howes RNZAF NZ/413418 [Killed]

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1943 Part One
http://www.flensted.eu.com/19430123.shtml
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Apr-2018 08:51 TigerTimon Added
30-Apr-2018 09:00 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]
27-Oct-2018 20:16 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
12-Oct-2022 07:31 Antonio Updated [Cn]
02-Feb-2024 14:35 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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