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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203703
Last updated: 20 April 2020
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Date:31-MAY-1942
Time:02:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:61 Squadron Royal Air Force (61 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R5561
C/n / msn: QR-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Niederaußem, Bergheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Syerston
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 00:40 hrs for participation in the first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen.
The aircraft was coned by the 3./Flakscheinwerfer-Abteilung 159 and hit by heavy (schwere) Flak; crashed Niederaussem 21 km WNW of Köln city centre.
The crew all rest at Rheinberg War Cemetery:

Pilot:122398 Pilot Officer John Bennett Underwood - Rheinberg War Cemetery Joint grave 1. E. 19-20.
Pilot:41637 Pilot Officer Benson Usher RNZAF - Rheinberg War Cemetery 1. E. 13.
Observer:1160536 Sergeant Anthony Williamson - Rheinberg War Cemetery 1. E. 14.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:637104 Flight Sergeant Robert Gordon Fawkes - Rheinberg War Cemetery Joint grave 1. E. 17-18.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:86728 Flying Officer Peter Frederick Barlow Bluett - Rheinberg War Cemetery 1. E. 16.
Air Gunner:J/15252 Pilot Officer John Douglas Patey RCAF - Rheinberg War Cemetery 1. E. 15.
Air Gunner:R/59571 Flight Sergeant John Hamilton Charles RCAF - Rheinberg War Cemetery Joint grave 1. E. 17-18.

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
Google Maps
Bomber Command Losses 1942
CWGC
Bexley Archives


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jan-2018 19:36 Red Dragon Added
29-Jun-2018 09:34 ehren69 Updated [Location, Narrative]
03-Nov-2018 09:20 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
28-Oct-2019 14:39 Uli Elch Updated [Registration, Operator, Location, Narrative]
01-Nov-2019 19:51 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
20-Apr-2020 20:33 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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