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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52419
Last updated: 23 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron Royal Air Force (97 (Straits Settlements) Sqn RAF)
Registration: ED333
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 km E of Urk (NO-Polder), IJsselmeer -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Lancaster ED333 ("OF-B" of 97 Sqn). The aircraft took off at 17:22 from Woodhall Spa for a mission to Neustadt. At 20:38 shot down by night fighter pilot Oblt Helmut Lent of the IV/NJG 1, flying from Leeuwarden airfield. Plane crashed 4 km east of Urk in the IJsselmeer.

F/O. - Pilot - Samuel Lorne McBurney - RCAF - Age 21 - CAN - KIA
W/O. - Air Observer - Leonard Everett Thorneycroft - RCAF - Age 29 - Wilcox, SK, CAN - KIA
Sgt. - W.Operator / Air Gunner - William Henry Paul Kelleher - RAF - Age 26 - Cardiff, UK - KIA
Sgt. - Flight Engineer - James Izatt - RAF - Age 22 - Camberwell, London, UK - KIA
F/Sgt. - Bomb Aimer - Stanley Finace Mattoon - RCAF - Age 20 - Hardisty, AB, CAN - KIA
Sgt. - Mid Upper Air Gunner - Glyn Bull - RAF - Age 19 - Nantyglo, Monmouthshire, UK - KIA
W/O. - Rear Air Gunner - Chester Charles Trudell - RCAF - Age 21 - Windsor, ON, CAN - KIA

Four were buried at the New Eastern Cemetery in Amsterdam. The remains of Mattoon, Trudell and McBurney were found in 1949 and buried at the Oud Leusden cemetery. ED333 was one of two 97 Squadron Lancasters lost on this operation; the other was Lancaster R5497 (Lost without a trace).


4. - T1950.pdf

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
03-Jan-2015 09:21 Dr. John Smih Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Jun-2015 10:00 Cliford Updated [Operator, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Dec-2017 11:26 TigerTimon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2018 15:32 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]

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