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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53249
Last updated: 13 October 2021
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Time:02:37 LT
Type:Short Stirling Mk I
Owner/operator:15 Squadron Royal Air Force (15 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N3658
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kerkstraat street at Overasselt, Gelderland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Wyton
Mission : Essen. Took off from RAF Wyton.
The aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Leutnant Loos & Unteroffizier Gumm of the 2./NJG 1, who were flying a Bf 110 from Venlo airfield. It crashed into 'De Morsheuvel' farm, occupied by the Welles family. The three members of the family succumbed in the ensuing sea of fire (Jan & Marie Welles and their little son Jan).
All crew members are buried in Uden War Cemetery:

Pilot / Plt Off F J Needham (KIA) / 29 years old
Second Pilot / Sqdn Ldr J Vivian (KIA) / 27 years old
Observer / Sgt G W Jeffrey RCAF (KIA) / 24 years old
Flight Engineer / Sgt S H Broyd (KIA) / 33 years old
Front Gunner / Sgt J T Corbett (KIA) / 24 years old
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner / Flt Sgt R A Ross (KIA) / 25 years old
Rear Gunner / Sgt K L Rowley (KIA) / 24 years old

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two
Google Maps
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1941 Page 111.

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
03-May-2016 19:47 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2018 20:22 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Operator]
18-Feb-2020 10:50 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
18-Feb-2020 11:51 TigerTimon Updated [Source, Narrative]
18-Feb-2020 11:56 TigerTimon Updated [Source, Narrative]

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