Accident Avro Lancaster Mk I ME846, 22 Jun 1944
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Date:22-JUN-1944
Time:01:14 claim
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:619 Squadron Royal Air Force (619 Sqn RAF)
Registration: ME846
MSN: PG-C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:NE of Postel Abbey, Bladelseweg, Mol, Antwerp -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Dunholme Lodge
Destination airport:Wesseling
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:01 hrs for a bombing operation against the synthetic oil plant at Wesseling in Germany.
Crew - Plt Off Mark Anthony Hamilton Davis, Sgt Thomas Newberry, Sgt Dennis Belshaw, F/Sgt Leslie Taylor, F/Sgt Peter Knox, Sgt George Moggridge and Plt Off John Bowering.

Outward-bound, ME846 suffered severe damage in a Schräge Musik attack by the Kommandeur of II./NJG 1 Hauptmann Eckart-Wilhelm von Bonin (who had taken off from Deelen airfield (the Netherlands) in Bf 110 G-4 G9+BC) and the starboard outer engine caught fire.
Despite ME846 being badly damaged, Plt Off Davis remained at the controls, allowing four members of the crew to bale out successfully, but he, together with Plt Off Bowering and Sgt Moggridge did not survive the crash. The two gunners are buried at the Schoonselhof Cemetery in Antwerp, Belgium. Tragically, the remains of the pilot have never been found.
Of the four who baled out, Sgt Knox was found by a farmer and was passed on to the resistance, who helped him escape back to England. The other three survivors were captured.

Sources:

http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=me846
http://www.207squadron.rafinfo.org.uk/wesseling/619_wess_ME846.htm
https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/lancaster-me846-te-postel
Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part three
Google Maps


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2020 02:23 tachel Added
12-Oct-2020 17:23 TigerTimon Updated [Date, Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
30-Jun-2022 03:07 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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