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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172580
Last updated: 17 August 2019
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Date:11-JUL-1942
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:97 (The Straits Settlements) Squadron Royal Air Force (97 (The Straits Settlements) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R5696
C/n / msn: OF-H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Zinglershöhe, near Danzig [now Gdańsk] -   Poland
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Woodhall Spa
Narrative:
On 11 July 1942 Nine Lancaster B.Mk.1 and two reserves of 97 Sqn., RAF detailed for daylight ops on the submarine works at Danzig. The aircraft taking off in the afternoon owing to the length of the trip. Weather was good at take off but proved bad nearing the target. Seven aircraft bombed the target or area, bombs seen to burst and fires reported. One aircraft, captained by Flt Sgt Baines was hit by a shell at Christiansund and had to abandon his mission and jettison his bombs.

The remaining aircraft, R5696 "OF-H" captained by Flt Lt Miller was reported missing. No news was heard of them, having broken formation some way before the target owing to low cloud. As far as is known the aircraft came down in woodland at Zinglershohe, near Danzig.

Crew
Pilot:36270 Flt Lt Charles William Miller - Marlbork Commonwealth War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. B. 12-14.
2nd Pilot:1007363 Sgt John Forsyth - Marlbork Commonwealth War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. B. 12-14.
Observer:1280705 Sgt Alan Thomas Grossmith - Marlbork Commonwealth War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. B. 12-14.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:106076 Pilot Officer Joseph Norman Eslick - Marlbork Commonwealth War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. B. 12-14.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:J/15812 Flt Sgt Robert John Westgate RCAF - Marlbork Commonwealth War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. B. 12-14.
Air Gunner: Aus/401251 Sgt Norman Lindsay Smith RAAF - Marlbork Commonwealth War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. B. 12-14.
Air Gunner:R/64786 Flt Sgt Aiden Ernest Nickerson RCAF - Marlbork Commonwealth War Cemetery Coll. grave 3. B. 12-14.


The crew are interred in the Marlbork Commonwealth War Cemetery in Poland, along with the remains of the 7 crew from 207 Squadron, which was also on this raid.

Sources:

1. http://aircrewremembered.com/miller-charles.html
2. http://100548.activeboard.com/t58590378/lancaster-r5696-97-squadron-woodhall-spa-shot-down-11-jul-19/
3. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/00155.php
4. http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/10492-war-graves-in-poland/
5. http://www.newmp.org.uk/article.php?categoryid=99&articleid=1408&displayorder=115
6. http://aircrewremembered.com/miller-charles.html
7. CWGC


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Dec-2014 02:37 Dr. John Smith Added
30-Dec-2014 02:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
06-Jun-2015 09:50 Cliford Updated [Operator]
21-Oct-2017 13:16 w.bleumink Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
11-Feb-2018 17:20 Red Dragon Updated [Date, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
11-Feb-2018 17:51 Red Dragon Updated [Source, Narrative]
29-Jun-2018 09:17 ehren69 Updated [Location, Country, Destination airport]
10-Nov-2018 22:36 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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