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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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No. 9 Squadron
04.09.1939 No. 9 Squadron Wellington MkI L4275 WS-H Fl/Sgt. Turner

Mission: Brunsbuttel, Germany

Date: 4th September 1939 (Monday)

Unit: No. 9 Squadron

Type: Wellington I

Serial: L4275

Code: WS-H

Base: RAF Honington, Bury St. Edmunds,

Location: Off the German coast, North Sea

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Albion John Turner 561939 RAF Age ? Killed

2nd Pilot: Sgt. Donald Edward Jarvis 565602 RAF Age 24. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Bertie Greville Walton 550292 RAF Age 20. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: AC2. Kenneth George Day 549741 RAF Age 20. Killed (1)

Air/Gnr: AC1. George Thomas Brocking 546065 RAF Age ? Missing

Wellington MkI from No. 9 Squadron. Model of Kiel harbour and district made by RAF Model Making Section, Medmenham. Kiel harbour


Took off from RAF Honington 16.05hrs as No. 3 of Sqd/Ldr Lambs section to attack the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at Brunsbuttel harbour at the mouth of the Kiel Canal.

The aircraft reached the target area which was covered in low cloud and it is believed that Wellington L4268 was shot down by flak or may have been attacked by German Bf109's and crashed into the sea.

Further research has identified that two wellingtons, this aircraft and Wellington I L4268 WS-? were claimed on this date and location by either:
Feldwebel Hans Troitzsch 6/JG77 - Brunsbuttel at 17:25
Feldwebel Alfred Held 6/JG77 - Brunsbuttel at 17:15.
(OKL Fighter Claims for the Reich & Western Front 1939-40)

Both battleships were undamaged. The crew were some of the first casualties of WW2, the war having been declared the day before

The battle cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst were undamaged

Sage War Cemetery, Runnymede Memorial and Becklingen War Cemetery

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Albion John Turner. Sage War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 4. E. 3. No further information as yet

Sgt. Donald Edward Jarvis. Sage War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 4. C. 5. Son of Percy Herbert and Alice Eliza Jarvis of Chatham, England.

Sgt. Bertie Greville Walton. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 2. Son of Ellen Mary Walton of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England.

AC2. Kenneth George Day. Becklingen War Cemetery, Germany. Grave Ref: 26. C. 12. Son of George Allen and Edith Blanche Day of Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. (1) A report from Rotterdam states that the body of AC. Kenneth Day was picked up on September 14th 1939, by a cargo steamer and that he was buried with full military honours in Cuxheaven, Germany.

AC1. George Thomas Brocking. Runnymede Memorial, Surrey. Panel 2. Son of William Percy and Jessie May Brocking

Researched by Kate Tame, Aircrew Remembered - for the relatives and friends of the crew. With special thanks to Commonwealth War Graves Commission, W.R. Chorley - Bomber Command Losses 1939-1940, Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - Bomber Command War Diaries 1939-1945, UK National Archives AIR 27/125, Martin W Bowman - 'Bombs Away.' Thanks to John Jones for the fight claim information.

RS 22.03.2019 - Update to include German Fighter claims

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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