25 March 1941

25 March 1941

Pilot Officer Walter Sinclair Kennedy (84999) of No.47 Squadron RAF Detachment inspects the damage to his Vickers Wellesley Mk.I, (K7715) ‘KU-H’, at Agordat, Eritrea, after he was attacked by two Italian Fiat CR 42s while on a bombing attack on a selected target in the Keren area.

His wireless operator/air gunner, Sergeant Douglas Alfred German (654446), was mortally wounded and incendiary bullets hit the main fuel tank in the port wing causing it to catch fire. Kennedy executed a vertical dive to extinguish the flames and returned to the Detachment’s base at Agordat, where he successfully accomplished a difficult landing.
Douglas German died the following day March 26.

(Photo source – © IWM CM 658)
Royal Air Force official photographer – Mr H Hensser

(Colourised by Doug)