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 Whitley K9039

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  01 May 40 Aircraft Name  Whitley IV Serial Number  K9039
Unit  51 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  UK
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/189Sergeant W R Coveney and Pilot Officer J M Gilmer: report of deaths. Pilot Officer E Cotton, Aircraftman 1st Class P D Salmon and Aircraftman 1st Class H Maylin: injured; Whitley K9039 crashed at Waddington, Lancashire, due to bad weather and a shortage of petrol, 30 April 1940.C14142014

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Whitley IV K9039

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantWalter Richard COVENEY (580764) Observer Whitley K9039  AIR81/189 1940-04-3051 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomGreenwich Cemetery
Pilot OfficerJohn Martin GILMER (41690) Pilot Whitley K9039  Forum Post 1940-05-0251 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomDishforth Cemetery

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Related Posts in RAF Commands Forum

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P/O J.M. Gilmer (NZ), 51 Sqdn, 02/05/1940, UKAccording to the excellent For Your Tomorrow Vol 1 by our Errol W Martyn, Whitley IV K9039 became lost in poor weather on return from op to Fornebu (op mentioned in above post) and ran out of fuel. Carried out forced landing and struck a coll between Burnside Fell & Dunsop Fell (Yorkshire Moors). Gilmer was 2nd pilot and was injured and later died on 2nd May at Queen Victoria Hospital, Lancashire. Regards Linzee ....Read More.Linzee on 8th July 2008 03:19:26
P/O J.M. Gilmer (NZ), 51 Sqdn, 02/05/1940, UKThe ORB recorded the following: Whitley IV K9039 Crashed Burnside Fell 1/5/40 562018 P/O E. Cotton Broken thigh 40196 P/O Gilmer Died of injuries 580764 Sgt Coveney Killed 551589 AC1 Salmon Severe shock and cuts 626629 AC1 Maylin Severe shock and cuts ....Read More.alclark on 9th July 2008 07:54:05
P/O J.M. Gilmer (NZ), 51 Sqdn, 02/05/1940, UKPaul, I think you may have misinterpreted my FYT entry: Tue 30 Apr/Wed 1 May 1940 Bomber Command Raids on airfields in Denmark and Norway (by 50 aircraft - 7 lost) 51 Squadron, RAF (Dishforth, Yorkshire - 4 Group) Whitley IV K9039 - took off at 1900 captained by Plt Off E Cotton, RAF, to attack Fornebu airfield, Oslo, but became lost in poor weather on return to England and ran out of fuel. While carrying out a forced landing K9039 struck a coll between Burnside Fell and Dunsop Fell, 3 miles WNW of Slaidburn on the Yorkshire moors. An RAF Sgt [Coveney] in the crew was killed and the other four members injured. The 2nd pilot [Gilmer - one of the four inj], however, later died on 2 May at the Queen Victoria Hospital, Lancashire, and is buried at Dishforth. 2nd Pilot: 41690 Plt Off John Martin GILMER, RAF - Age 23. 204hrs. i.e. 1 killed, 4 inj of whom one later died. Errol Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 10th July 2008 05:43:59
P/O J.M. Gilmer (NZ), 51 Sqdn, 02/05/1940, UKExtract from message of 3 May 40 from Wg Cdr A H Owen, CO 51 Sqn (copy held on Gilmer's NZ Defence Force file): "[K9039] appears to have passed over Dishforth in a westerly direction and at approximately 0630 hours on 1/5 was running short of petrol. Nothing was heard of the aircraft by W/T after this, but a report was received form Headquarters Nop.4 Group who it is believed received a report from the Observer Corps that the aircraft had crashed in the Hills North of Clitheroe. Further news was received at 0800 hours that the point of impact was at a place called Burnside Fell, Slaidburn, Yorks, and the crew of four were dead and one (the rear gunner) had walked in for assistance...I proceeded to the scene of the accident and found that the aircraft and engines were badly smashed on top of a hill about 1500 feet high." errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 25th November 2008 04:29:30
1940 Unaccounted Airmen Database ReconciliationPilot Officer John Martin GILMER (41690) Pilot 1940-05-02 died of injuries following crash on 1st 51 Sqdn United Kingdom [url][/url] Whitley K9039 [url][/url] ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 22nd December 2018 02:41:49

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