Accident Avro Lancaster Mk I LL954,
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Date:Tuesday 23 May 1944
Time:01:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:166 Sqn RAF
Registration: LL954
MSN: AS-E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Birgelen, Wassenberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Kirmington, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 22:25 hrs for an operation against Dortmund in Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Hauptmann Strüning/Oberleutnant Apel of the 3./NJG 1, who had taken off from Venlo airfield in the Netherlands, in Heinkel He 219 A-0 G9+EL. Credited as Struning's 43rd victory.

On board were two Belgian air gunners: Flight Sergeant Armand Richelet (°29 December 1919 Mont-sur-Marchienne) and Flight Sergeant Jean Courtois (°22 July 1906 Hastière-Lavaux). Together with the observer of the crew they were killed, the other four were made prisoners of war.

Crew:-
Pilot : Flying Officer Robert Beaumont Shepherd RAF 137386 (NCO:1318002 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 25 May, 1943) [PoW]
Flight Engineer : Sergeant Charles Webb RAFVR 1477068 [Killed]
Navigator : Sergeant George Green RAF 1579028 [PoW]
Bomb Aimer : Flying Officer Leonard Charles Harvey RAF 152770 (NCO:1801326 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 28 September, 1943) [PoW]
Wireless Operator : Sergeant David Victor Arthur Parker RAF 1315573 [PoW]
Mid-Upper Gunner : Sergeant Armand Richelet RAFVR 1299973 [Killed]
Rear Gunner : Sergeant J E J A Courtois RAFVR 1424977 [Killed]

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part three
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=LL954
https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/lancaster-ll954-bij-birgelen-wasserberg-armand-richelet-jean-courtois
Google Maps
Theo Boiten: Nachtjagd 1944 Part 3, p. 019
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Aug-2020 17:38 TigerTimon Added
21-Aug-2020 17:38 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]
10-May-2023 05:44 Anon. Updated [[Narrative]]
17-May-2024 12:30 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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