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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 150282
Last updated: 21 November 2021
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Date:17-OCT-1940
Time:21:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic well model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers Wellington Mk IC
Owner/operator:311 Squadron Royal Air Force (311 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N2771
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bentley Priory, near Stanmore, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF East Wretham Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Delivered to 311 Sqn, RAF coded 'KX-H'. Crashed 21:45 hours at Bentley Priory, near Stanmore, Middlesex, after taking off for a raid on Kiel 17/10/40; aircraft became iced up, suffered radio failure and the crew were unable to obtain an accurate fix, which all contributed to the aircraft crashing. Other sources state the N2771 collided with the the cable of a barrage balloon. Five of the six crew were killed:

Sqn/Ldr Jan Vesely (KAS);
P/O Jaroslav Matousek (KAS);
P/O Jaroslav Slaby (KAS);
Sgt Frantisek Zapletal (KAS);
Sgt J osef Albrecht (KAS);

The other crew member, P/O Frantisek Trular suffered serious burns, but survived and later became a fighter pilot.

Sources:

https://fcafa.com/2012/01/19/wellington-aircraft-of-311-sqn/
https://en.valka.cz/topic/view/77
http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/wellington-n2771-crash-bentley-priory-16-10-1940.18802/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Oct-2012 12:48 Nepa Added
09-Mar-2013 20:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Oct-2021 09:40 Anon. Updated [Source]

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