Accident Avro Lancaster Mk I LL859, 21 Jul 1944
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Date:21-JUL-1944
Time:01:41 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:622 Squadron Royal Air Force (622 Sqn RAF)
Registration: LL859
MSN: GI-Q
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near the Voldijk, Tilburg, Noord-Brabant -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Mildenhall
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Took off from RAF Mildenhall at 23:10 hrs for a bombing operation against the Rheinpreussen synthetic oil installation at Meerbeck in Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Dietrich Schmidt of the 8./NJG 1, who had taken off from Twenthe airfield at 00:34 hrs, in Bf 110 G-4 G9+AS.
The Lanc crashed at Tilburg, where five rest in the town's Gilzerbaan General Cemetery. Fg Off Montgomery RCAF lies in the Canadian of Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, while Sgt Spencer is buried at dongen Roman Catholic Cemetery, his grave being next those of six airmen from 158 Squadron whose Halifax crashed in the May:

Flt Lt A L Smith (KIA)
Sgt R I Lewis (KIA)
Flt Sgt J J Chigwidden RAAF (KIA)
Fg Off F C Montgomery RCAF (KIA)
Flt Sgt F D Brandon (KIA)
Sgt E A O'Connor (KIA)
Sgt J Spencer (KIA)

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part three
https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T3893&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
Google Maps

- Air Britain: RAF Aircraft LA100 - LZ999, published 1991

Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1944 Page 344.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
27-Dec-2011 04:56 Uli Elch Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Dec-2011 14:30 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]
24-Jun-2016 12:35 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2016 12:34 Red Dragon Updated [Narrative]
09-Oct-2018 18:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
22-Oct-2020 19:07 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]

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