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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53177
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Type:Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:7 Sqn Royal Air Force (7 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3666
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Newmarket Racecourse (RAF Newmarket), Cambridgeshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 01:17 local time for an operation to Duisburg in Germany.
Piloted by Flight Lieutenant D.J.H. Lay (DFC), the aircraft was coned by searchlights for 15 minutes & badly shot up over the Low Countries at around 03:45 local time, by night fighter pilot Hauptmann Werner Streib of the Stab I./NJG 1, who was flying a Bf 110 from Venlo airfield in the Netherlands. The rear gunner bailed out severely injured while the aircraft was falling out of control and was taken prisoner of war. The pilot regained control and performed an emergency-landing at Newmarket racecourse, where the port undercarriage collapsed.

The racecourse was used as an airfield during the war (RAF Newmarket).

Pilot F/Lt. D.J.H. Lay DFC 37909 RAF / returned to duty
Second Pilot Sgt. C. Tourville R/56253 RCAF / returned to duty
Flight Engineer Sgt. W.H. Robinson 571837 RAF / returned to duty
Observer Sgt. M. Roach DFM R/60727 RCAF / returned to duty
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner Sgt. A. Chambers 751056 RAF / returned to duty
Front Gunner Sgt. J.M. Donelon 641150 RAF / returned to duty
Rear Gunner Sgt. H. Macrae 976058 RAF / prisoner of war


4. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
07-Jan-2015 18:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jun-2015 09:42 Charlie Harper Updated [Operator]
20-Mar-2020 21:32 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Cn, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Mar-2020 21:33 TigerTimon Updated [Departure airport]
21-Mar-2020 15:26 TigerTimon Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Mar-2020 15:26 TigerTimon Updated [Location]

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