Accident Avro Manchester Mk I L7456, 31 May 1942
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21083
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Time:01:19 LT
Type:Avro Manchester Mk I
Owner/operator:106 Squadron Royal Air Force (106 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L7456
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Düsseldorf-Lohausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Skellingthorpe
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 23:16 hrs for participation in the first 1000 bomber raid with target Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen.
Aircraft borrowed by 50 Squadron. While approaching Düsseldorf by night and at an altitude of 8,000 feet, the aircraft was hit by the German Flak. The right engine failed and the captain reduced his altitude in an attempt to make an emergency landing. The aircraft eventually crash landed near the Düsseldorf-Lohausen Airport and was wrecked.
Those killed rest at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery:
Pilot:1068112 Sgt J B Wilkie. PoW.
Flight Engineer: R/80099 Flt Sgt C H Tobias RCAF. PoW.
Observer:1180257 Sgt Alan Mowlem Bee - killed
WOp/Air Gunner:1199377 Sgt Douglas Wilson Baird killed.
Air Gunner:1052282 Sgt J W Campbell.PoW .
WOp/Air Gunner:1270882 Sgt Edward William Finch - killed


1. Air Britain RAF Aircraft L1000 - N9999
3. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
4. RAF Prisoners of War.

Revision history:

14-Jun-2008 20:22 JINX Added
25-Jun-2008 04:54 JINX Updated
02-Sep-2009 09:58 Anon. Updated
10-Dec-2010 00:00 WarNet Updated [Date]
11-May-2011 23:59 Masen63 Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]
17-Aug-2011 04:02 Uli Elch Updated [Location]
07-May-2014 07:43 AMarr Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
07-May-2014 07:43 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
01-Jan-2018 16:17 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Jan-2018 18:55 Red Dragon Updated [Source]
28-Oct-2018 13:17 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
20-Apr-2020 19:04 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
20-Aug-2022 22:02 Nepa Updated [Source, Narrative, Operator]

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