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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53891
Last updated: 7 December 2021
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Vickers Wellington Mk IC
Owner/operator:99 Squadron Royal Air Force (99 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R3170
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Oudeweg road, Veerpolder, Haarlem, Noord-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Newmarket, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Vickers Wellington Mk.Ic R3170 (LN-G) 99 Squadron, RAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed (shot down) on combat operations on 6 July 1940. Of the five crew, one was killed, and the other four were captured and taken as PoWs. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1026): "Wellington R3170 crashed at Haarlem, The Netherlands, 5-6 July 1940. Sergeant G F Sexton: report of death. Sergeant K A R MacArthur, Sergeant C J Scanlon, Pilot Officer J W P Perkins and Pilot Officer R A G Willis: prisoners of war"

Took off from RAF Newmarket, Suffolk at 21:45 LT on the evening of 5 July 1940 for an operation to Kiel, Germany. Instead, bombed Schiphol airfield in the Netherlands as a "target of opportunity" and was hit by Flak in the process. The pilot performed an emergency landing, but the aircraft was wrecked, and one of the crew was killed.

Pilot: Pilot Officer R A G Willis RAF 41766 (Canadian) (PoW)
Second Pilot: Pilot Officer J W P Perkins RAF 42879 (PoW)
Navigator: Sgt. K A R MacArthur RAF 747956 (PoW)
Radio Op./ Air Gunner: Sgt. C J Scanlon RAF 553514 (PoW)
Air Gunner Gerald Francis Sexton RAF 755373 - killed in action 06/07/1940, buried at Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1980 p 18)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1026:
11. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part one .


Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
09-Mar-2013 19:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jun-2013 08:11 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
30-May-2015 19:04 pietrzak Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2015 19:09 pietrzak Updated [Total fatalities]
14-Feb-2019 20:19 Cobar Updated [Embed code]
04-Jul-2019 15:38 TigerTimon Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
07-Oct-2019 18:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
07-Oct-2019 18:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
07-Oct-2019 18:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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