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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52508
Last updated: 23 July 2019
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Date:05-OCT-1942
Time:22:45
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: R5701
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Platanendreef/Maastrichterstaat, Leeuwstuk, Brunssum -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Woodhall Spa. Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Lancaster R5701 "OF-Y" of 97 Sqn., RAF, took off from RAF Woodhall Spa at 19:11 hours on the evening of 5 October 1942 to bomb Aachen. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. Probably shot down by a night fighter.

Crew:
Pilot F/O. N.J. Briant DFC 106371 RAF Jonkerbos 8 F 4 Initially buried at Venlo
Flight engineer Sgt. A.E. Musgrave 570712 RAF Jonkerbos 8 F 3 Initially buried at Venlo
Navigator F/O. L.C. Dorward DFC, MiD 404174 RAAF Jonkerbos 8 F 1 Initially buried at Venlo
Bomb aimer Sgt. J.R. Dawson 1311085 RAF Jonkerbos 8 F 2 Initially buried at Venlo
Wireless op Sgt. K.O. MacKay DFM 1253668 RAF Jonkerbos 8 F 7 Initially buried at Venlo
Air gunner Sgt. A.H.J. Desmond 1375654 RAF Jonkerbos 8 F 5 Initially buried at Venlo
Air gunner F/O. K.H. Harrison DFM 47528 RAF Jonkerbos 8 F 6 Initially buried Venlo

The aircraft crashed at 22:45 at Leeuwstuk, Brunssum, Netherlands, due to unknown causes. However, adverse weather may have been the cause: the night of 5/6th October 1942 saw very poor weather conditions, with thunderstorms and heavy icing. Heavy flak and night fighters were an added hazard over the Netherlands.

All the Aircrew were killed and they are buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Locality Gelderland, Netherlands. The town of Nijmegen is located south of Arnhem and the Jonkerbos cemetery is in the south west part of the town.

On Sunday 5th October 2012, the 70th anniversary of the crash, a service of remembrance was held at the crash site, and a memorial structure stands at the junction of Platanendreef and Maastrichterstaat.

Sources:

1. http://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/item2.php?SGLO=T1867
2. http://www.jfcbs.nato.int/jfcbrunssum-community/latest_news/lancaster-bomber-r5701-service-of-remembrance.aspx
3. http://www.tswarteschaap.nl/JFCBS/Northernstar/2013/november/files/assets/basic-html/page12.html
4. http://branches.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/holland/event-calendar/service-brunssum-lancaster
5. http://en.tracesofwar.com/article/5854/Lancaster-Memorial-Brunssum.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
02-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 09:58 Cliford Updated [Operator, Narrative]
11-Jul-2016 16:54 Anon. Updated [Photo, ]
05-Oct-2017 20:04 TigerTimon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2018 15:30 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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