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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203550
Last updated: 24 October 2021
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Date:20-MAY-1942
Time:02:24
Type:Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:7 Sqn Royal Air Force (7 Sqn RAF)
Registration: W7520
MSN: MG-S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:farm in the Dorpsstraat street at Brustem, Sint-Truiden, Limburg -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 22:58 hrs for an operation to Mannheim in Germany.

Oberleutnant Friedrich 'Fritz' Gutezeit, Staffelkapitän of the 6./NJG 1 and his Funker Unteroffizier Januschewski intercepted homeward-bound 7 Sqn Stirling W7520 over Brustem.
The aircraft exploded plunging burning wreckage into the Bf 110 E-1 coded G9+HP. The two aircraft crashed at Brustem killing both crews.

Pilot:65540 Flt Lt Hector Garrick Pilling DFC - Heverlee War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. C. 13-16.
2nd Pilot:46894 Plt Off Ronald Arthur Bowker - Heverlee War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. C. 13-16.
Flight Engineer:940014 Sgt William Helliwell - Heverlee War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. C. 13-16.
Navigator:J/5694 Plt Off Irvine Frank Hoidas RCAF - Heverlee War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. C. 13-16.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:R/61780 Sgt William Henry Bracken RCAF - Heverlee War Cemetery 3. C. 11.
Wireless Operator:R/65242 Flt Sgt Gerald John Patrick Kearns MID RCAF - Heverlee War Cemetery 3. C. 10.
Air Gunner:125315 Plt Off Clifford Lewis - Heverlee War Cemetery 3. C. 12.

Sources:

CWGC
Bomber Command Losses 1942
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/stirling-te-brustem
Google Maps


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Dec-2017 16:22 Red Dragon Added
12-Nov-2018 16:59 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
20-Apr-2020 14:00 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
20-Apr-2020 14:05 TigerTimon Updated [Location]

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