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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141365
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Time:12:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers Wellington Mk IA
Owner/operator:9 Sqn Royal Air Force (9 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N2940
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:on Wilhelmshaven raid -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Honington, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Wellington N2940 failed to return from an operational flight, 18 December 1939. Probably shot down by fighter during raid on Wilhelmshaven. 12 out of 22 Wellingtons shot down on this mission.

Crew of Wellington N2940
P/O Eric Francis Lines, pilot,
F/S Alfred Kitto Fearnside, copilot,
AC.1 Edward Malcolm George Polhill, wireless operator and air gunner,
LAC Alex Morrison Dickie, air gunner,
AC.2 Clifford Walker, air gunner.

All posted as "missing presumed dead"; Wellington N2940 had been allocated to the RNZAF as N315, but was dirverted before delivery, and had not been delivered


1. Air Britain: RAF Aircraft L1000 - N9999, published 1991
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/64:

Revision history:

02-Jan-2012 10:43 Uli Elch Added
04-Jun-2019 20:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2019 09:42 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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