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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192597
Last updated: 12 May 2020
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Date:30-JUL-1942
Time:03:06
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:50 Squadron Royal Air Force (50 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R5728
C/n / msn: VN-L
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Braine-le-Comte, Hainaut -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Swinderby
Destination airport:Saarbrücken, Germany
Narrative:
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Oberleutnant Eckardt & Feldwebel Frank of the 7./NJG 3, who were flying Bf 110 E-2 D5+AR.
The Lancaster burned, and the bomber dropped its bomb load. About thirty fire bombs fell near the villages of Graty and Silly, fortunately no significant damage was done. The Lancaster flew a long way, to finally explode over Braine-le-Comte. One of the four engines hit through the roof of a school that served as shelter for German troops. Six soldiers of the Radfahr-Abteilung 23 (belonging to the 23 Infantry Division) were killed on impact, one German was badly wounded and a seventh soldier was slightly wounded. Three houses were set on fire.
All seven crew members rest in the Braine-le-Comte Communal Cemetery:

Pilot: J/16685 Sgt Leslie Foster RCAF - Braine-le-Comte Communal Cemetery Plot II Row C Grave 2.
Flight Engineer: 1123342 Sgt Douglas John Ware - Braine-le-Comte Communal Cemetery Plot II Row C Grave 5.
Observer: 113935 Plt Off Robert Hugh Curran - Braine-le-Comte Communal Cemetery Plot II Row C Grave 7.
Air Gunner: Aus/404406 Flt Sgt Cameron Duff Kennedy RAAF - Braine-le-Comte Communal Cemetery Plot II Row C Grave 1.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: Aus/401264 Sgt Allan Wyles RAAF - Braine-le-Comte Communal
Cemetery Plot II Row C Grave 4.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: Aus/403451 Sgt Cyril John Stallard RAAF - Braine-le-Comte Communal Cemetery Plot II Row C Grave 3.
Air Gunner: 1290940 Sgt Cyril Alfred Bowes - Braine-le-Comte Communal Cemetery Plot II Row C Grave 6

Sources:

https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/lancaster-r5728-te-braine-le-comte
Google Maps
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Jan-2017 12:24 gerard57 Added
06-Jan-2017 12:26 gerard57 Updated [Narrative]
31-Jan-2018 01:20 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Aircraft type]
30-Oct-2018 19:28 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
20-Jun-2019 08:32 Anon. Updated [Time, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
12-May-2020 19:18 TigerTimon Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
12-May-2020 19:18 TigerTimon Updated [Destination airport]

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