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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53764
Last updated: 4 December 2021
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Time:04:35 LT
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: L7788
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Leidschendam, Zuid-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF East Wretham
Destination airport:
Transferred from 9 Sqn to 311 Sqn and coded 'KX-E'.

Takeoff at 21:35 hrs local time for a bombing operation against Berlin.
Just after dropping its bomb load over the target, the aircraft was hit by Flak which caused the starboard engine to seize; the Wimpey made a forced landing at Leidschendam in Holland. The crew initially went on the run but were soon captured and became prisoners of war:

P/O Václav Killián (PoW);
P/O Zdeněk Procházka (PoW);
P/O Karel Trojáček (PoW)
Sgt Arnošt Zábrž (PoW)
Sgt Karel Kuňka (PoW)
Sgt Bellied, Charles - KIA
Sgt Kunka later took his own life because he feared his capture might endanger his family in Czechoslovakia.

The aircraft was recovered by the Germans and test flown.


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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
02-Jan-2012 11:48 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Oct-2012 12:23 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Mar-2013 20:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
22-Aug-2013 21:16 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Source]
23-Aug-2013 05:04 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
28-Mar-2016 11:02 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
17-Sep-2020 16:29 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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