20 December 1940

Bristol Beaufort Mk I (L4474 - code MW-E)
Locality "Malachappe", Lanester (56) (to be confirmed)

(contributors :Daniel Dahiot, Philippe Dufrasne)

Bristol beaufort mk i l4474 no 217 squadron rafBristol Beaufort Mk I L4474, no. 217 Squadron RAF, on patrol over the Atlantic Ocean.
Photo : Imperial War Museum © IWM C 2058

Crew (No. 217 Squadron RAF)
All crew members buried in Lanester Cemetery (Commonwealth war graves WWII)

- Pilot Officer (pilot) Nelson Henry WEBB, DFM, 23 years old, RAF Volunteer Reserve (service number 44594), K.I.A.
Son of Mr and Mrs H. Webb, from Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, husband of Hazel Joan Webb, from Bradford-on-Avon (England)  

- Sergeant (pilot) Charles Maurice TIPLADY, RAF Volunteer Reserve (service number 745261), K.I.A.

- Sergeant (Air Gunner) Peter MILLIGAN, 23 years old, RAF (service number 629402), K.I.A.
Son of William and Christina Milligan, Glasgow (Scotland)

- Sergeant (Wireless Operator - Air Gunner) William Sydney PLANT, Royal Air Force (service number 620004), tué
Son of William Alexander and Elisabeth Hilda Plant, Ipswich, Suffolk (England)


Bristol Beaufort Mk I L4474 (code MW-E) took off from RAF St-Eval station (Cornwall, England) at 04:45 am for a mission to bomb the Lorient submarine base under construction. It was hit by the Flak at 05:00 am ; its bomb load exploded and it crashed in flames onto a road.



Sources : web site France-Crashes 39-45, Aerojournal

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