Accident Avro Lancaster Mk III PB258, 13 Aug 1944
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Time:00:26 claim
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Lancaster Mk III
Owner/operator:101 Squadron Royal Air Force (101 Sqn RAF)
Registration: PB258
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Barver, Niedersachsen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Ludford Magna
Destination airport:Braunschweig
Took off from RAF Ludford Magna at 21:34 tasked for ABC duties.
The aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Unteroffizier Frankenhauser & Unteroffizier Biank of the 1./NJG 1, who were flying a Heinkel He 219 A-0 from Venlo airfield in the Netherlands. The German pilot recorded in his Leistungsbuch: “Attack from below at 100 metres’ range. Fire in fuselage. Peeled off over the port wing and crashed in a steep dive”.

The two airmen who died are buried in Heverlee War Cemetery. 19 yr old Sgt Hans Heinz Schwarz was the specialist operator. His parents, Eric and Elli Schwarz lived in Cricklewood, and to disguise his German origins he served under the name of Blake:

Fg Off G M Atyeo RCAF (PoW) Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria L3
Sgt C T Keeling (PoW)Stalag Bankau-Kreulberg L7
Sgt J W Lovatt (PoW)Stalag Bankau-Kreulberg L7
Plt Off B L Patterson RCAF (PoW) Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria L3
Sgt J F Andrews RCAF (Killed on Active Service)
Sgt H H Schwarz (Killed on Active Service)
Flt Sgt C F R Pearce RAAF (PoW)Stalag Bankau-Kreulberg L7
Sgt D H Balchin RCAF (PoW)Stalag Bankau-Kreulberg L7


Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999
Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1944 Page 379.
Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part four
Google Maps

Revision history:

26-Aug-2013 08:13 JINX Added
03-Jun-2015 07:18 Weeks Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
01-Jul-2016 18:49 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Oct-2018 05:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
04-Mar-2021 16:39 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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