Accident Avro Lancaster Mk I R5914, 21 Dec 1942
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Time:23:53 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:106 Squadron Royal Air Force (106 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R5914
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Schaapbalie, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West Flanders -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 17:10 hrs for a bombing operation against München in Germany.

Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Leutnant Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer & Unteroffizier Fritz Rumpelhardt of the Stab II./NJG 1, who were flying Bf 110 F-4 G9+CC from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield.

The Luftwaffe patrols found human remains between the debris and secured them in two crates. These paltry remains were given two crosses. Two 'Unnbekannter Fliegern' were not buried until ten days later, probably because of winter conditions. It was only in 1947 that the CWGC had found out that there were actually three dead. They got their names again: F/Sgt John Brinkhurst (pilot, 23 years old), F/Sgt Trevor Mellors (22 years old, wireless operator) and Sgt Victor Greenwood (gunner, 26 years old).


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12-Nov-2020 21:06 TigerTimon Added
04-Nov-2022 22:09 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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