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Thread: Whitley Mk V Z9282 NF-M crashed near Vire (Calvados) on 26/07/1942[moved]

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    Default Whitley Mk V Z9282 NF-M crashed near Vire (Calvados) on 26/07/1942[moved]

    Good morning everybody,

    I'm looking for any information (Type of operation, name) concerning the crash of Whitley Mk V Z9282 NF-M of RAF 138 Squadron near Vire (Calvados) on 26/07/1942 (Pilot F/Sgt John Owen RAFVR).
    This SD operation is not recorded in RAF 138 Sqn AIR 20/8459.
    Crew was killed except Sgt P H Avery who was POW.

    Thank you very much,

    Treville

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    Treville

    This loss is mentioned on the 'Aircraft lost on Allied Forces Special Duty Operations.pdf' from the harringtonmuseum.org.uk website - noted as probably being 'Operation Spaniel', an outstanding supply drop.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hello,

    The following night, the 25/26th (July, 1942), five Whitleys of 161 Squadron were joined by four from 138 Squadron and detailed to bomb a power station at Cholet which is approximately 50km south-east of Nantes. Tempsford ORB reports only four aircraft attacked the primary target, two attacked railway bridges. W/O Lord of 161 Squadron bombed a railway bridge across the Loire, 17km south-west of Angers. Sgt Walls also of 161 Squadron bombed a railway line north-east of Loudon. His starboard engine caught fire and flew home on his port engine landing at Tangmere. F/Sgt Owen and his crew from 138 Squadron flying Whitley Z9282 crashed at Vire about 50km west of Caen, only one of the crew survived.

    See: Agents By Moonlight/Clark. p. 78.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 3rd December 2015 at 10:44.

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    Good evening,
    Thank you very much Col Bruggy.
    It was a bombing operation not a SD operation.
    Regards
    Treville

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