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 Whitley V Z6508


Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  29 Aug 41 Aircraft Name  Whitley V Serial Number  Z6508
Unit  78 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  France/Sea
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Source Henk Welting's Database

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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/8693Sergeant P Gennon (RNZAF), Sergeant G T Harper: killed; Pilot Officer K W Davies, Sergeant S E Rowed (RCAF), Sergeant J W Bills: missing believed killed; aircraft failed to return from operational flight over Dunkirk, France, Whitley Z6508, 78 Squadron, 29 August 1941.C16924535

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Whitley V Z6508

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantJames William BILLS (1305795) Whitley V Z6508  NA/PRO 1941-08-2978 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Pilot OfficerKenneth William DAVIES (103505) Whitley V Z6508  NA/PRO 1941-08-2978 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantPeter GENNON (403041) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Whitley V Z6508  NA/PRO 1941-08-2978 Sqdn AIR27 FranceDunkirk Town Cemetery
SergeantGerald Thomas HARPER (916770) Observer Whitley V Z6508  NA/PRO 1941-08-2978 Sqdn AIR27 FranceDunkirk Town Cemetery
SergeantSamuel Edgar ROWED (R/68123) Whitley V Z6508  NA/PRO 1941-08-2978 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial


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PO Kenneth William Davies, 29.8.41 with 78 Sqyadron and 2 SFTSThu 28/Fri 29 Aug 1941 Bomber Command Raid on Duisburg, Germany (by 118 aircraft - 9 lost) 78 Squadron, RAF (Middleton St George, Durham - 4 Group) Whitley V Z6508 - took off at 0135 captained by Plt Off K W Davies, RAF, and presumed to have crashed into the sea, as the bodies of two New Zealand crew members were later washed ashore near Dunkirk and buried there. No trace of the other three crew was found and they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Bomber Command Losses details this loss under 27/28th August with the target as Mannheim, but is in error. Observer: 916770 Sgt Gerald Thomas HARPER, RAFVR - Age 25. WOpAG: NZ403041 Sgt Peter GENNON, RNZAF - Age 25. 87hrs. 1st op. Harper’s date and place of birth are unknown but he lived in New Zealand from at least 1930 to 1935. And an amendment from Vol Three: HARPER, G T – body found on coast 13 October, buried on 14th. He may have been resident in NZ as early as 1922, when father registered there as medical practitioner following service in the NZEF 1918-1919. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 2nd August 2012 09:05:48


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