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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 234720
Last updated: 24 October 2021
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Date:29-SEP-1941
Time:22:17 claim
Type:Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:7 Sqn Royal Air Force (7 Sqn RAF)
Registration: W7441
MSN: MG-Y
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lillebælt strait south of the island of Brandsø (Assens, Syddanmark) -   Denmark
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 18:50 hrs for an operation to Stettin (modern Poland).
Outward-bound, the aircraft was attacked by night fighter pilot Leutnant Ludolf Schmitz of the 3./NJG 1, who was flying a Bf 110.
When the Stirling was in 700 metres height and it became clear that it could not be saved, the crew members still alive left the aircraft in parachutes.
Three men went down with the aircraft and were never found; Sergeant Edward Donald Tovey (Don), 2nd pilot, Eric J. Rodger, nose turret gunner, and Sergeant Charles W Fulbeck, rear gunner. They have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
The survivors were the pilot Sergeant Cyril James Cobbold, the navigator Sergeant David Neil, the wireless operator Sergeant Alec Donaldson and the engineer Sergeant John James Copley.

Sources:

http://www.flensted.eu.com/194123.shtml
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
Google Maps


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