Date & Time: Oct 16, 1939
Operator:
Registration:
K8947
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Bombing
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Villeneuve-les-Vertus - Munich
Country:
Germany
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Aircraft left Villeneuve-les-Vertus at 1850LT bound for Munich. En route, the aircraft went off course and was overflying Frankfurt by night when it was shot down by German Flak. Crew attempted to make an emergency landing in a field but the aircraft crashed . Four crew were made prisoners while the captain was killed.
Crew (77th Squadron):
F/O Roland Williams, †
LAC Reginald Enrath Fletcher,
Cpl A. R. Gunston,
Sgt James William Lambert,
F/O John Tilsley.
Probable cause:
The crew failed to respond to a recall signal and when last heard on w/t, it was assumed that the bomber was on course for RAF Driffield.