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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26553
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Time:12:30 approx
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster B Mk III
Owner/operator:514 Squadron Royal Air Force (514 Sqn RAF)
Registration: RF230
Fatalities:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km ESE of A-73 Roye/Amy airfield, Somme départment -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:A-68 Juvincourt-et-Damary
Destination airport:
Crashed into wooded area an caught fire after uncontrollable spin.
Took off from Juvincourt with 24 ex-prisoners of war. Soon after getting airborne the pilot reported he was experiencing trouble with the controls and was putting back to Juvincourt. At 1230 while some 2 km ESE of Roye-Amy, the Lancaster crashed, killing everyone on board. All are buried in Clichy New Communal Cemetery.
Crew & Passengers
Flt Lt D Beaton DSO (Killed on Active Service) Flt Sgt A McMurrugh (Killed on Active Service)
Fg Off R B Hilchey RCAF (Killed on Active Service) Flt Sgt J G Brittain (Killed on Active Service)
Plt Off R M Toms RCAF (Killed on Active Service) Plt Off O C Evers RCAF (Killed on Active Service)
Capt R W Wheeler (Killed on Active Service) Lt P A T W B Campbell (Killed on Active Service)
Lt E T T Snowdon (Killed on Active Service) Sgt R A Adams (Killed on Active Service)
Cpl E L Belshaw (Killed on Active Service) Cpl A G Thompson (Killed on Active Service)
LCpl G W Franks (Killed on Active Service) Fus H Cummings (Killed on Active Service)
Fus O Parkin (Killed on Active Service) Gdsm J A Roe (Killed on Active Service)
Gnr A J S Crowe (Killed on Active Service) Gnr A N Labotske SAA (Killed on Active Service)
Pnr W L Lindheimer PLA (Killed on Active Service) Pnr M Maschit PAL (Killed on Active Service)
Pte T Anderson (Killed on Active Service) Pte W L Ball (Killed on Active Service)
Pte S J Bayston (Killed on Active Service) Pte R A Betton (Killed on Active Service)
Pte R E Clark (Killed on Active Service) Pte W Croston (Killed on Active Service)
Pte R Danson (Killed on Active Service) R Turnbull (Killed on Active Service)
Pte P Yates (Killed on Active Service) Rfn T J Edwards (Killed on Active Service)
Note: On the outward flight from RAF Waterbeach, the crew had included Wg Cdr S Baker but for the return flight he transferred to another aircraft. Apart from a fatal accident, involving a crew who had delivered their passengers to RAF Wing and were returning to base on 26 April 1945, it is believed this was the only accident involving loos of life to Prisoners of War in a Bomber Command aircraft.


Military Aviation Disasters/David Gero
Royal Air Force Bomber Command of the Second World war 1945 Page 174.

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
20-May-2010 12:17 TB Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Damage, Narrative]
20-May-2010 12:26 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
20-May-2010 13:04 TB Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location]
28-May-2010 04:01 TB Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jun-2016 17:44 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2018 14:35 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
10-Oct-2020 18:04 TigerTimon Updated [Time]
10-Oct-2020 18:10 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source]

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