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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21440
Last updated: 12 August 2019
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Date:20-MAR-1942
Time:15:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:97 Squadron Royal Air Force (97 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L7570
C/n / msn: OF-B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Freiston Beach, 4 miles E of Boston, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Woodhall Spa
Destination airport:RAF Woodhall Spa
Narrative:
Airborne for mine-laying sortie off the Frisian Islands (Nectarines Area). Visibility was poor at the time & as the Lancaster climbed away, its trailing aerial grazed the roof of a house. This resulted in a crash landing. The crew escaped injury, & although little damaged, the Lancaster was swamped by incoming tide.

Note. This was the first operational loss of a Lancaster since the type entered Bomber Command service in late December 1941.

Crew:
F/O E.E.Rodley OK.
P/O Colquhoun RCAF OK.
Sgt Healey OK.
Sgt Merralls OK.
Sgt Cummings OK.
Sgt J.Crisp OK.
Sgt Ratcliffe OK.

The tail and rear fuselage of this Lancaster are now at former RAF East Kirkby, at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

Sources:

Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
Bomber Command Losses 1942 - Amendments.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Jun-2008 07:23 JINX Added
11-Mar-2010 21:26 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Date, Source, Narrative]
07-Jun-2013 13:40 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
18-Aug-2013 19:35 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source]
17-Nov-2017 21:47 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2018 15:15 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
12-May-2019 17:13 Steve Lanc Updated [Narrative]

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