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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201491
Last updated: 5 August 2019
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Date:24-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:Off the French Coast near Lorient. -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Waddington
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Gardening - Lorient. Hit by flak off IIe de Croix. 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: 104095 Flt Sgt Lyster Warren-Smith SAAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 76
2nd Pilot: 777687 Sgt Richard Alfred Marston - Runnymede Memorial Panel 89
2nd Navigator: 778282 Sgt Alistair Fraser Murdoch SAAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 90.
1st Navigator: 402565 Sgt Clive Edward Wigram Clifford RAAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 112.
1st Wireless Operator: 985883 Sgt John Boyd - Runnymede Memorial Panel 78.
2nd Wireless Operator: 1164937 Sgt Edward Burgess Cluff - Runnymede Memorial Panel 80.
Air Gunner: 1381257 Sgt William Harold Flower - Runnymede Memorial Panel 83.
Air Gunner: 527607 Flt Sgt John McNally Davidson - Runnymede Memorial Panel 74.

Sources:

North East War Memorials Project
CWGC
Bomber Command Losses 1942
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
19-Nov-2017 14:36 Red Dragon Added
19-Nov-2017 14:37 Red Dragon Updated [Narrative]
30-Oct-2018 04:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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