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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204473
Last updated: 3 August 2019
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Date:12-JUN-1942
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:83 Squadron Royal Air Force (83 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R5621
C/n / msn: OL-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Baltic Sea -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The aircraft was hit by flak from a flak ship moored in the target area and exploded. Four of the crew were killed and three were made Prisoners of War. Sgt Vernon a POW lost consciousness as the aircraft broke up but was rescued an hour later by a German vessel searching for survivors.

Crew
Pilot:62338 Fg Off Michael Arthur Sproule PoW Stalag Luft Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 39663.
2nd Pilot:546108 Sgt R C Driver PoW Stalag Luft Heydekrug. PoW Number 122.
Observer:106560 Plt Off Donald George Williams - Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery 5. D. 1.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:551385 Flt Sgt Wallace Stockport - Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery Joint grave 5. D. 3-4.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:404902 Sgt Kenneth Hayne England RAAF - Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery Joint grave 5. D. 3-4.
Air Gunner:1176014 Sgt Ralph Henry Dominy - Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery 5. D. 2.
924078 Air Gunner:924078 Sgt R R Vernon PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW number 541.

Sources:

RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
CWGC.
RAF Prisoners of War


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jan-2018 14:51 Red Dragon Added
15-Jan-2018 14:51 Red Dragon Updated [Source]
11-Nov-2018 12:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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