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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192551
Last updated: 14 September 2021
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Type:Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless
Registration: 54544
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:La Tremblade, Charente-Inférieure -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 1 January 1945 a formation of SBD Dauntless of the flotille 4FB of Aéronautique Navale (Flotilla 4FB, French Fleet Air Arm) performed a dive bombing attack on a German ship, probably a tanker, anchored at Bonne-Anse, on the commune of Les Mathes, Charente-Inférieure. OE2 Paul Alphonse Goffeny led the attack but once it was over his wingman, PM Bouchereau, saw that his 1000lb bomb was still under his aircraft, the SBD-5 Buno 54544 code "176". It exploded some seconds later before it was launched. The dive bomber crashed and burned in a wood south of La Tremblade and both crew, OE2 Paul Alphonse Goffeny (pilot) and QM2 Michel Lucien Chauvin (radio), were killed. The Germans buried them in the cemetery of Royan.


Revision history:

04-Jan-2017 15:42 Laurent Rizzotti Added
26-Aug-2018 16:59 TB Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Source]
26-Aug-2018 17:01 TB Updated [Source]

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