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 Whitley V Z6946


Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  03 Sep 41 Aircraft Name  Whitley V Serial Number  Z6946
Unit  102 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  UK
Aircrew details
Details 
Source Henk Welting's Database

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Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/8862Pilot Officer J C Nixon (RCAF), Sergeant S T Modeland (RCAF), Sergeant D M Bozer (RCAF), Sergeant L M Bowen (RCAF), Sergeant A F Jaggers: killed; aircraft crashed near Kirton, Suffolk on return from operational flight over Germany, Whitley Z6946, 102 Squadron, 3 September 1941.C16924704

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Whitley V Z6946

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantLawrence Milbert BOWEN (R/65785) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Whitley V Z6946  NA/PRO 1941-09-03102 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomIpswich Old Cemetery
Flight SergeantDonald Machell BOZER (R/62712) Pilot Whitley V Z6946  NA/PRO 1941-09-03102 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomIpswich Old Cemetery
SergeantAlexander Frederick JAGGERS (927337) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Whitley V Z6946  NA/PRO  Ext Link 1941-09-03102 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBrookwood Military Cemetery
Flight SergeantSeward Terry MODELAND (R/56234) Pilot Whitley V Z6946  NA/PRO 1941-09-03102 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomIpswich Old Cemetery
Pilot OfficerJackson Corwin NIXON (J/4756) Air Observer Whitley V Z6946  NA/PRO 1941-09-03102 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomIpswich Old Cemetery


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102 sqn Whitley V crash 3 Sept 1941 at Kirton, SuffolkMy cousin, Sgt Alec Jaggers RAF W/Op gunner 927337, died when his Whitley V (serial no. Z6946) of 102 sqn. crashed on 3 September 1941 at Kirton, Suffolk (probably trying to land at Martlesham) on returning from Frankfurt. The rest of the crew who were killed in the crash were all RCAF: Flt Sgt D M Bozer, Flt Sgt S T Modeland, Flt Sgt L M Bowen, P/O J C Nixon. The crew are commemorated with their names carved into unique memorial pews in the church at Kirton, which we hope to visit in 2011, 70 years after the crash. The local historian has provided me with as much info as he has, but still have no official crash report. I would appreciate any information available on the crash and crew, with the possibility of contacting any relatives of the crew before our visit to Kirton. thanks in advance Roy ....Read More.R D Walker on 31st December 2010 07:26:43
102 sqn Whitley V crash 3 Sept 1941 at Kirton, SuffolkRoy: Whitley Z6946 crashed at 0355 hours on 3 September 1941 at Rectory Lane, Kirton. The a/c was attempting to land at Martlesham Heath in poor visibility when it caught electric cables and crashed. Two houses, "The Haven" and "June Cottage" were badly damaged. In addition to bringing down the overhead cables, a water main was fractured. One or two (reports differ) civilians were slightly injured, one a 4 year-old girl. According to a witness I spoke to in 1986, the aircraft "bounced off" the houses and crashed in the garden of one. Possibly you already have all this gen. I have pictures of the graves of two of the crew at Ipswich Municipal Cemetery, they are in the main WW 2 service plot (there is another group of RAF graves in the N part). This Whitley was ToC by 102 Sqn on 10 August 1941. Any idea of the code-letter ? That's about all I know on this one, hope it helps. BC ....Read More.BC1 on 1st January 2011 05:25:40
102 sqn Whitley V crash 3 Sept 1941 at Kirton, Suffolk[QUOTE=R D Walker;58202]My cousin, Sgt Alec Jaggers RAF W/Op gunner 927337, died when his Whitley V (serial no. Z6946) of 102 sqn. crashed on 3 September 1941 at Kirton, Suffolk (probably trying to land at Martlesham) on returning from Frankfurt. The rest of the crew who were killed in the crash were all RCAF: Flt Sgt D M Bozer, Flt Sgt S T Modeland, Flt Sgt L M Bowen, P/O J C Nixon. The crew are commemorated with their names carved into unique memorial pews in the church at Kirton, which we hope to visit in 2011, 70 years after the crash. The local historian has provided me with as much info as he has, but still have no official crash report. I would appreciate any information available on the crash and crew, with the possibility of contacting any relatives of the crew before our visit to Kirton. thanks in advance Roy[/QUOTE] Whitley Z6946 of 102 Sqn on 2/3 September 1941 formed part of a Committee of Enquiry and information was apparently withheld from the Committee of Enquiry at the time, except very brief details, such as aircraft type, serial, home aerodrome, refs to fog in patches over the country, number killed, fuel tanks were full when departing, time of crash as 0345 near Martlesham, suggesting that the aircraft could not have been out of fuel, with the cause "Unknown" and "No Information" submitted before the Committee of Inquiry. However, there was criticism by the Commmanding-in-Chief R.E.C. Peirse Bomber Command in a letter to Whitehall regarding the Committee of Enquiry and about having no advance warning of smoke screens operating that night which extended up to the cloud base, in operation at Nottingham, Billingham, Castle Bromwich, Corby, Coventry and Derby and along with fog patches at various places over the country on the night of 2/3 Sept 1941, Pilots flying beneath cloud were unable to see anything and Groups were unable to divert aircraft to aerodromes which should have been clear, because approaches and aerodromes were obscured by smoke. Mark Hood 2014 ....Read More.Mark Hood on 20th November 2014 04:39:23


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