Accident Avro Lancaster Mk I W4317,
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Date:Saturday 17 April 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:61 Sqn RAF
Registration: W4317
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:along the Chaussée de Beaumont, near Givry, Hainaut -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Syerston
Destination airport:
Shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Rudolf Altendorf of the 2./NJG 4, flying a Bf 110 from Florennes airfield. The Lancaster exploded in mid-air.

Target: Plzeň (Pilsen), Czech Republic
Call Sign: QR-R
Takeoff time: 21:13
Crew:-Pilot : Pilot Officer William MacFarlane RAF 142540 (NCO:1122688 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 04 May, 1943) [Killed]
2nd Pilot : Sergeant Peter John Keay RAAF Aus/15302 [Killed]
Observer : Flight Sergeant William Waller Dawson RAFVR 1123166 [Killed]
Navigator : Flying Officer Cyril Frederick Williams RAFVR 123048 (NCO:1284574 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 23 June, 1942) [Killed]
2nd Navigator : Sergeant Edward Reginald Davidson RAFVR 1338539 [Killed]
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner : Pilot Officer John Frederick Edwards DFM RAFVR 143652 (NCO:1354394 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 25 May, 1943) [Killed]
Mid-Upper Gunner : Sergeant Jack Valentine Rees RAFVR 1321234 [Killed]
Rear Gunner : Pilot Officer Donald Alfred Holdsworth RAFVR 144654 (NCO:1230596 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 15 June, 1943) [Killed]


Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1943 Part One
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

18-Apr-2018 08:47 TigerTimon Added
03-Nov-2018 08:53 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
16-Apr-2024 07:16 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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