Date & Time: Jun 6, 1940
Operator:
Registration:
P9232
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Bombing
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Honington - Honington
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew left RAF Honington at 2125LT on June 5 on a bombing mission to Duisburg. Shortly after entering the Dutch airspace, the aircraft was fired by the German Flak. The captain ordered the crew to bail out and later tried to make an emergency landing when the aircraft exploded in mid-air, disintegrated and crashed in a field located in Simonshaven, southwest of Rotterdam. Four crew were taken POW while both other crew were killed.
Crew:
S/L George Ernest Peacock, pilot, †
P/O Bertram Arthur James, pilot,
Sgt Ronald Charles Hargrave, navigator and observer, †
Sgt A. K. Griffiths, wireless operator and air gunner,
P/O Sedgwick Whiteley Webster, air gunner,
LAC C. Murton, air gunner.
Probable cause:
Shot down by German Flak.