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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201457
Last updated: 22 April 2019
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Date:14-MAR-1942
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:44 (Rhodesia) Squadron Royal Air Force (44 (Rhodesia) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R5493
C/n / msn: KM-M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:French coast off Lorient -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Waddington
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Believed to have been shot down by flak in the target area. Following post war investigations and enquiries among local residents on the Island of Croix located off the French coast, 8 miles south west of Lorient, it was established that R5493 was hit by ack-ack fire and exploded in the air, crashing in the sea off the north
east coast of the island. No bodies were recovered from the crash, and it was recorded in 1949 that the missing
crew had lost their lives at sea.

Crew
Pilot: Flt Sgt Lyster Warren-Smith SAAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 76.
2nd Pilot: Sgt Richard Alfred Marston SAAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 89
1st Navigator: Sgt Clive Edward Wigram Clifford RAAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 112
2nd Navigator: Sgt Alistair Fraser Murdock - Runnymede Memorial Panel 90.
1st Wireless Operator: Sgt Edward Burgess Cluff - Runnymede Memorial Panel 80.
2nd Wireless operator: Sgt John Boyd - Runnymede Memorial Panel 78.
Air Gunner: Sgt Willliam Harold Flower - Runnymede Memorial Panel 83
Air Gunner: Sgt John McNally Davidson - Runnymede Memorial Panel 74.

Sources:

Bomber Command Losses 1942.
CWGC
RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS IN WORLD WAR 2 AND MISSING WITH NO KNOWN GRAVE.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Nov-2017 16:19 Red Dragon Added
30-Oct-2018 04:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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