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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52846
Last updated: 27 April 2018
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Date:02-JUN-1942
Time:
Type:Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:83 Squadron Royal Air Force
Registration: R5564
C/n / msn: OL-P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Aircraft missing
Location:North Sea w of Katwijk -   Netherlands
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Scampton
Destination airport:Essen
Narrative:
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 1942. Nothing was heard from them after take off and it is presumed they crashed into the North Sea, west of Katwijk, Netherlands. Plt Off 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 Plt Off Kelvin Billing's body was found, the rest of the crew are still listed as missing.

Pilot:121911 Plt Off Frank Rumsey Busby - Runnymede Memorial Panel 68
Co-Pilot:655493 Sgt Leonard Frederick Smith - Runnymede Memorial 94
Navigator:404526 Plt Off Kelvin Cholwill Billing RNZAF - Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery Plot 69. Row E. Grave 12.
Bomb Aimer:1006976 Sgt Clifford Baines - Runnymede Memorial Panel 77
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:551849 Sgt Joseph Dick Dodsworth - Runnymede Memorial Panel 81
Air Gunner:702828 Sgt William Anderson Hall - Runnymede Memorial Panel 84
Air Gunner:902896 Sgt Stanley Jack Ross Hoff - Runnymede Memorial Panel 92

Sources:

1. http://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/item2.php?PN=R5564
2. http://www.basher82.nl/Data/Amsterdam/Billing.htm
3. http://netherlandsnewzealandwargraves.weebly.com/amsterdam.html
4. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=12726197
5. http://www.sonsofdamien.co.uk/Man-Lanc%20serials%20page2.htm
6. CWGC


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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 92.234.109.252 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]
05-Jan-2018 16:30 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
06-Jan-2018 19:15 Red Dragon Updated [Source, Narrative]

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