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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52846
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Type:Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:No. 83 Squadron RAF
Registration: R5564
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Aircraft missing
Location:North Sea w of Katwijk -   Netherlands
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:RAF Scampton (SQZ/EGXP)
Destination airport:Essen
On the night of 2 June 1942, the crew of Lancaster R5564 "OL-P" participated in a 1000 bomber raid against the German city of Essen. They took off in Lancaster R5564 from their base at Scampton at 23:10 on 1 June. Nothing was heard from them after take off and it is presumed they crashed into the North Sea, west of Katwijk, Netherlands. P/O Billing's body washed ashore on the Dutch coast and was buried on 1 August 1942 in the New Eastern Cemetery at Amsterdam. His six comrades are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

This was the first Lancaster lost on operations from 83 Squadron. The crew of 7 were all presumed KIA/MIA, only P/O Kelvin Billing's body was ever found, the rest were not recovered:

Pilot P/O. F.R. Busby 121911 RAF Runnymede Memorial 68
Co-Pilot Sgt. L.F. Smith 655493 RAF Runnymede Memorial 94
Navigator P/O. K.C. Billing 404526 RNzAF Amsterdam 69 E 12
Bomb aimer Sgt. C. Baines 1006976 RAF Runnymede Memorial 77
Wireless op Sgt. J.D. Dodsworth 551849 RAF Runnymede Memorial 81
Air gunner Sgt. W.A. Hall 702828 RAF Runnymede Memorial 84
Air gunner Sgt. S.J. Ross Hoff 902896 RAF Runnymede Memorial 92



Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
26-Dec-2014 02:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Jul-2016 15:15 Updated [Cn]
01-Jun-2017 07:18 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Nov-2017 20:37 TigerTimon Updated [Source, Narrative]

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