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Mission: Nickel

Date: 23/24th March 1940

Unit: No. 37 Squadron R.A.F.

Type: Vickers Wellington Mk. IA.

Serial: P2515.

Code: LF-H

Location: Delmenhorst, near Bremen, Germany.

Pilot: F/O. Philip Francis Templeman 39767 R.A.F. Age 22. Died of injuries

Pilot (2nd): Sgt. Douglas Warren Wilson 566477 R.A.F. Age 23. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. K.R. Say P.O.W. No: 194. Camp: Stalag Kopernikus (357)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: L.A.C. E. Lawson P.O.W. No: 13072 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (L3)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: A.C.1 J.A. Burke P.O.W. No: 13111 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus (357)

Air/Gnr: L.A.C. J.R. Clark P.O.W. No: 13070 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria (L3)


Took-off at 22.51hrs. from RAF Feltwell. Shot down by flak and crashed in flames near Delmenhorst, 02.00 (German time) Sgt. Wilson died in the crash.
F/O Templeman died from his dreadful burns seven days later on the 31st March 1940. The four other crew members Sgt. Say, LAC Lawson, AC1 Burke, and LAC Clark all became POWs. (Brief details shown above)

A Templeman 23-24:3:1949

B Templeman 23-24:3:1949

C Templeman 23-24:3:1949

D Templeman 23-24:3:1949

E Templeman 23-24:3:1949

F Templeman 23-24:3:1949
These photos of the remains of P2515 were taken the next day at crash site, by one of a number
of high ranking German Officers, who along with a large number of civilians visited the crash.

Becklingen War Cemetery at Soltau.

Burial details:

F/O. Philip Francis Templeman. Becklingen War Cemetery. Grave/Ref: Plot 27, Row J, Grave 9.
Son of Edgar and Ethel Emma Templeman, of St. John's, Newfoundland.
Sgt. Douglas Warren Wilson. Becklingen War Cemetery. Grave/Ref: Plot 27, Row J, Grave 10.
Son of Herbert William and Ethel Alice Wilson, of Coventry.

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