ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 51397
Last updated: 1 September 2014
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Date:16-SEP-1943
Time:Early AM
Type:Avro Lancaster III
Owner/operator:617 Sqn RAF
Registration: JB144
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Den Ham -   Netherlands
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Conningsby
Destination airport:RAF Conningsby
Narrative:
Atacking The Dortmund Ems Canal,JB144 hit trees which were obscured by fog. Both port engines were damaged as well as the tail. The crew jettesoned the bomb and anything else that was not bolted down to try and gain height. The aeroplane could only get to 1400ft and due to the damage,continued to turn to port. The order was given to bail out. Les Knight stayed at the controlls and when the other crew had jumped, tried to evacuate.As soon as the pressure was taken off the controlls the Lancaster crashed. F/Ltn L.G.Knight lost his life but P/O R.E.Greyson,F/O/H.S.Hobday,P/O R.G.T.Kellow,F/O E.C.Johnson,F/Sgt F.E.Sutherland,Sgt J.Woolard and F/Sgt H.E.O'Brien all survived.

Sources:
http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1943%20sec_tcm5-7284.pdf
http://www.dambusters.org.uk/docs/recordbook.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
03-Mar-2009 22:08 VH-KDK Updated
18-Jan-2012 09:20 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source]
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