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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 51026
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Time:20:35 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk III
Owner/operator:156 Squadron Royal Air Force (156 Sqn RAF)
Registration: ND357
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:300 metres south of the Benedenkolk canal, Kolhorn, Noord-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Warboys
Destination airport:
Took off from RAF Warboys at 1645 for an operation to Braunschweig, Germany.
The aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Dietrich Schmidt of the 8./NJG 1, who was flying Bf 110 G-4 G9+CS from Twente airfield; crashed 2035 at Kolhorn (Noord Holland), 7 km ENE of Schagen. All were taken to Huisduinen for burial on 17 January, since when their remains have been exhumed and brought to Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery. Wg Cdr Mansfield, a New Zealand born regular RAF officer, had been with the Squadron since June 1943 and his total operational sorties count reached 53. WO Lawrance had gained his DFM, Gazetted 19 October 1943, with 156 Squadron, but Sqdn Ldr Alexander RCAF had flown a tour with 419 Squadron, his award being published 22 May 1942.
Wg Cdr N R Mansfield DFC (KIA)
WO C H Lawrance DFM (KIA)
Sqdn Ldr E S Alexander DFC DFM RCAF (KIA)
WO B A Trott (KIA)
Flt Lt Swinney DFC (KIA)
Flt Sgt V N Cawdery (KIA)
Fg Off G W Penrose (KIA)


Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part one
Google Maps
Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1944 Page 32.


Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
04-Jun-2016 13:57 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Nov-2018 09:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
30-Nov-2019 20:56 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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