Accident Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V Z6577, Sunday 17 August 1941
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Date:Sunday 17 August 1941
Type:Silhouette image of generic whtl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mk V
Owner/operator:78 Sqn RAF
Registration: Z6577
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Ohé en Laak, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Middleton St. George
Destination airport:
The crew were briefed to attack Koln. The ATD of the aircraft from RAF Middleton St. George, County Durham was 22:52 hrs.

The aircraft was caught by searchlights and intercepted by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Wilhelm Dimter of the Stab I./NJG 1, who was flying a Bf 110 from Venlo airfield. The aircraft crashed on the west bank of the Juliana Kanaal at Ohe en Lak (Limburg) 14km SW of Roermond, Holland at 0247 hrs.

Pilot Sgt T.A. Sherman RCAF +
2nd Pilot Sgt G.L. Olsen RCAF +
Observer F/S R. Jopling +
Wireless Operator Sgt D.A. Wilson +
Rear Gunner Sgt D.F. Hawkes +

All the crew are buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, the Netherlands


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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
18-Oct-2013 19:41 Anon. Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Mar-2020 17:31 TigerTimon Updated [Cn, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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