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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 159421
Last updated: 15 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk III
Owner/operator:635 Squadron Royal Air Force (635 Sqn RAF)
Registration: PB668
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Thiercelet -   Luxembourg
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Downham Market, UK
Destination airport:RAF Downham Market
Damaged by flak on mission to Worms & crash landed.
Took off from RAF Downham Market at 1722 hrs. Five minute prior to reaching the AP, the starboard inner failed. The attack continued, during which flak wrecked the port inner and bombs had to be jettisoned. It was then discovered that the bomb doors were jammed in the open position and, later, as the crew tried to reach Juvincourt, the electrics began to fail. The battle lines were crossed at 5,000 ft and with the starboard outer misfiring, a forced-landing was made at 2120 hrs in a field near Thiercelet in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. No one was hurt.
Flt Lt R W Toothill (Safe)
Flt Sgt J A Davies (Safe)
Fg Off J N Luard (Safe)
Flt Sgt W W Colvin (Safe)
Sgt F W Stone (Safe)
Sgt F W Coombes (Safe)
Sgt S H Fortune (Safe)


Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999
Royal Air Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1945 Page 92.

Revision history:

28-Aug-2013 16:42 JINX Added
28-May-2016 15:08 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Photo, ]
23-Oct-2018 20:34 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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