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Whitley V Z6566 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database] RAFCommands.com

 Whitley V Z6566


Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  19 Aug 41 Aircraft Name  Whitley V Serial Number  Z6566
Unit  51 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  Limburg
Aircrew details
Details 
Source Henk Welting's Database

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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/8418Sergeant D A Switzer (RCAF), Sergeant W B James (RCAF), Sergeant C D Roberts, Sergeant A G Lowe, Sergeant H R Janes: prisoners of war; aircraft shot down and crashed near Cologne, Germany, Whitley Z6566, 51 Squadron, 19 August 1941.C16924260

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Whitley V Z6566

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Warrant OfficerWilliam Birdsall JAMES (989723) Whitley V Z6566  IBCC 1944-11-1051 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomLeeds (Lawnswood) Crematorium


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P/O Charles Derek RobertsHello to all, Iím currently in touch with a relative of P/O Charles Derek Roberts, who became POW on the night of 18-19 Aug 1941. Christa found an old post of mine, and as her father had been a great friend of P/O Leslie Percival Foster, she was able to provide very interesting pictures and letters about him. Would anybody have the ORB of that 51 squadron Whitley Z6566 MH-Q lost on op to KŲln for that night, and any of the POW questionnaires, moreover the one of her father P/O Roberts of course ? If this could help someone who has a particular interest in this crew and fate, Christa has some personnal info about Sgt Bill James, including a picture. Itís her father who would have told the authorities (via her grandmother in England) about his bravery that led to his DFM award. Would there be anyone who would have found the crashland site near Maastricht (Limburg) ? As always, many thanks for your help. With kind regards Gildas ....Read More.Gildas on 2nd September 2009 04:34:41
P/O Charles Derek RobertsHello Gildas, From where did you have the info that the crash location might have been near Maastricht in The Netherlands ? Z6566 is not in the list of aircraft losses over Holland published by the NIMH (Netherlands Institute of Military History). Regards, Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 3rd September 2009 08:45:52
W.B. JamesHello Alan, 18-19 August 1941 No.51 Sqn Whitley V Z6566 MH-Q Op: Koln Took off 2144 Dishforth. Hit by flak fifteen minutes after leaving the target and crash-landed near Maastricht (Limburg), Holland. It is reported that Sgt James ordered his crew to bale out, giving up his parachute to one of the wireless operators, whose own chute had been rendered unusable by shrapnel. News of this unselfish act reached Allied authorities and Sgt James was subsequently awarded the DFM. Tragically, he contracted consumption, was repatriated and died on 10 November 1944. Sgt W B James DFM, MiD PoW Sgt D A Switzer RCAF PoW P/O C D Roberts PoW Sgt A G Lowe DFM PoW Sgt H R James PoW See BCL2/122. Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 14th February 2011 05:47:16


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