ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52846
Last updated: 30 May 2015
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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. 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.
|Type:||Avro Lancaster I|
|Owner/operator:||83 Sqn, RAF|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Noordzee, W off Katwijk -
|Departure airport:||RAF Scampton (SQZ/EGXP)|
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:
P/O K.C.Billing RNZAF
P/O Kelvin Billing is buried at Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Plot 69. Row E. Grave 12.
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|
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