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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52848
Last updated: 17 October 2021
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Time:02:23 LT
Type:Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:7 Sqn Royal Air Force (7 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3750
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Westerschelde estuary south of Vlissingen, Zeeland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 23:07 hrs for participation in the second 1000 bomber raid; this time the target being Essen, Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot up by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Dr. Horst Patuschka of the 7./NJG 2, who was flying a Ju 88 C-6 from Gilze-Rijen airfield.
The crew were all taken prisoner of war:

Pilot:66533 Flt Lt N E Winch PoW Stalag Luft 3 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 39662.
*Pilot: 04128 Gp Capt Herbert Martin Massey DSO MC PoW SBO Stalag Luft 3 Zagan.
Flight Engineer:628900 WO B A Iverson PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 422
Navigator:123998 Plt Off G E Booth PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 395.
Bomb Aimer:1375815 Sgt E D Williams PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 456.
Wireless Operator: NZ403753 Sgt R J Boag RNZAF PoW Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug. PoW Number 393.
Air Gunner:559243 Flt Sgt J Hankin PoW Stalag Luft 3 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 413.

* Gp Capt H M Massey was the Senior British Officer at Zagan. It was he who sanctioned the "Great Escape". He was admitted to Obermassfeld Hospital and repatriated on 22 May 1944 as he had not fully recovered from his injuries whilst parachuting pre war.
Massey was the basis for the character Group Captain Ramsey in the film The Great Escape (who also walks with a stick), played by actor James Donald.


Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
Bomber Command Losses 1942
RAF Prisoners of War
Nachtjagd Combat Archive book from Red Kite

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
31-May-2017 06:28 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jan-2018 15:07 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 17:05 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
03-Jun-2019 15:59 Anon. Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 13:06 rvargast17 Updated [Source, Narrative]
24-Apr-2020 09:29 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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