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Date:17-APR-1942
Time:16:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk IB
Owner/operator:44 (Rhodesia) Squadron Royal Air Force (44 (Rhodesia) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L7536
C/n / msn: KM-H
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:nr Le Vieil-Evreux (Eure), 6 km ESE of Evreux -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Waddington
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Took off 15:12 for mission to Augsburg. Shot down by Major Oesau of 11./JG2 Richthofen - West of Evreux at 16:55.

*The fighters now started attacks on Nettleton's front Vic of three Lancasters. By then they had been joined by Major Oesau, a 100-victory ace officially forbidden to fly more operations, but who had jumped into a fighter and taken off on first sight of the Lancasters, followed by his wing man Oberfeldwebel http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=3583. Oesau selected Rhodes for his victim and closed to within 10 metres firing all guns and cannon in a withering hail of fire. The Lancaster's port engines both erupted in flames, which spread instantly to the starboard motors. The bomber reared abruptly-as if in agony - stalled harshly, plunged straight down; passing between Nettleton and Garwell in a vertical dive and missing both by mere inches.

Crew:
Pilot: 938642 Sgt George Thomas Rhodes - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.
Pilot: 41300 Sgt Lawrence Heaton Baxter RNZAF - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.
Navigator: 921754 Sgt Brian Ignatius Joseph Daly - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 633309 Sgt Cyril Leonard Merricks - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 1157843 Sgt John Alfred Wynton - Evreux Communal Cemetery
Air Gunner:533590 Flt Sgt George Alfred Edwards - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.
Air Gunner:807146 Flt Sgt Henry Verdun Gill - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.

Sources:

Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
CWGC
*Extract from https://www.raf.mod.uk/bombercommand/augsburg.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jun-2008 20:34 JINX Added
01-Jun-2013 16:27 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
18-Aug-2013 19:51 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source]
27-Nov-2014 16:26 Xindel X Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
07-Dec-2017 21:48 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2018 04:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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