Aircraft: Whitworth Whitley. Registration number: BD541
Squadron: V 296 Sqn, Andover
Date of crash: 08/12/1942
Related Airmen:F/O Robert Ewert Royal New Zealand Air Force Sgt Egbert Waterman RAF FS John Westfield RAF
FO Geoffrey O’Connell. Son of William Maximus O’Connell and Minnie O’Connell, of Gayles. Buried at St Peter and St Felix Churchyard, Yorkshire
We have the crash report and have found the top of the battery cover when metal detecting in our woods.
Aircraft BD556 was an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley Mark V, British heavy bomber. it was one of 62 such aircraft delivered by Armstrong Whitley , Baginton, between June and August of 1942. It was part of 296 squadron. On the 8th of December 1942, the aircraft became lost and crashed along the edge of the beech trees at Penton Mewsey.
08-12-42. BD556. Whitley V 296SQ cr Sidown Hill Burghclere
New Zealand pilot from Rotarua
ROBERT LESLIE EWERT
Tuesday, December 8, 1942. Age 26
EGBERT JULIAN WATERMAN
Sergeant W.Op./Air Gnr.
Tuesday, December 8, 1942
More Than Just A Name By Frank Bull, Chris Bonnett, Steve Adamson
The squadron’s principal role was to tow glider borne troops into action, and as such, took part in the invasions of Sicily and Normandy. The squadron also dropped agents into occupied Europe and supplies to the Resistance.
Air Battle for Arnhem By Alan W Cooper
In support of the D-Day landings, 296SQ dropped parachutists and then later during the siege to Caen and Brest, towed gliders.