Accident Avro Lancaster Mk III NE118,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 50472
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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 III
Owner/operator:626 Sqn RAF
Registration: NE118
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Asten, Noord-Brabant -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Took off from RAF Wickenby at 22:37 hrs for a bombing operation against Dortmund in Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Hauptmann Modrow/Unteroffizier Schneider of the 2./NJG 1, who were flying Heinkel He 219 A-0 G9+EK from Venlo airfield. Credited ad Modrow's 14th victory.
The bomber crashed at Asten (Noord-Brabant), 10 km SE from the centre of Helmond. Those who perished were buried at Venlo, since when their bodies have been taken to Jonkerbos War Cemetery in Gelderland:

Flt Sgt E Grisdale (Evaded)
Sgt R A J Sindall (POW)
Fg Off J B Morritt RCAF (KIA)
Flt Sgt R H Punter RCAF (Evaded)
Sgt I A Pretswell (KIA)
Flt Sgt R J Turtle (POW)
Sgt R W Richardson (KIA)


Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part three
Royal Air Force bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1944 page 238.

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
26 August 1944 PA989 626 Sqn RAF 3 Ruschberg, Rheinland-Pfalz w/o
14 July 1945 PD287 626 Sqn RAF 6 Burdale, nr Wharram Percy, 12 mi NW of RAF Driffield, North Yorkshire w/o

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
14-Jun-2016 14:32 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Nov-2018 13:25 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
19-Aug-2020 19:15 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
10-May-2023 05:43 Anon. Updated [[Time, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]]

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