ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 51397
Last updated: 5 February 2016
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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.
|Type:||Avro Lancaster III|
|Owner/operator:||617 Sqn RAF|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 8|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Den Ham -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||RAF Conningsby|
|Destination airport:||RAF Conningsby|
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