ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52846
Last updated: 31 January 2015
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Date:02-JUN-1942
Time:
Type:Avro Lancaster I
Owner/operator:83 Sqn, RAF
Registration: R5564
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Noordzee, W off Katwijk -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Scampton (SQZ/EGXP)
Destination airport:
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.

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 F.R.Busby
Sgt L.F.Smith
P/O K.C.Billing RNZAF
Sgt C.Baines
Sgt J.D.Dodsworth
Sgt W.A.Hall
Sgt S.J.Ross-Hoff

P/O Kelvin Billing is buried at Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery, Plot 69. Row E. Grave 12.

Sources:
1. http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1942%20sec_tcm5-7283.pdf
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


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]
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