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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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RAF Crest
24.04.1941 No. 11 OTU Wellington IA N2912 LG-G Sgt. Francis N. Alstrom

Operation: Training

Date: 24th April 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 11 OTU (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Wellington IA

Serial: N2912

Code: LG-G

Base: RAF Bassingbourne, Cambridgeshire

Location: At base, RAF Bassingbourne

Pilot: Sgt. P.N. Nicholls RAFVR Survived - minor injuries

Pilot 2: Sgt. Francis Norman Alstrom 927508 RAFVR Age 18. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ronald Wilson 1065928 RAFVR Age 30. Killed


During a night circuit training and over the airfield the Wellington was shot down by Fw. Vinzenz Glessübel (1) of 2./NJG2. 

Wellington N2912 LG-G on airfield.

After being hit - presumably during take off or landing the aircraft crashed into Wellington IC R1404 that was parked in its dispersal pan - resulting in both aircraft burnt out. Sgt. Nicholls survived with minor injuries. (Also, we understand, survived the war)

We welcome any additional information that can be placed on this page and also passed on to relatives of the pilot.

(1) Ofw. Vinzenz Glessübel survived the war with 3 day and 2 night abschüsse. No further information.

Burial details:

Sgt. Francis Norman Alstrom. Hove New Cemetery. Block 1. Grave 24. Son of G.N. Alstrom and Winifred M. Alstrom, of Hove, Sussex, England. Grave inscription reads: "A Loving Son, A Brother Kind, A Beautiful Memory, Left Behind."

Sgt. Ronald Wilson. Great Crosby Churchyard (St. Luke). Sec. E. Grave 315. Son of Agnes Wilson, of Great Crosby, Liverpool, England.

For further details our thanks to Francis Harris, nephew of the pilot. Additional sources as quoted below.

KTY 07.06.2015

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