Accident Avro Lancaster Mk I W4769, Sunday 3 January 1943
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Date:Sunday 3 January 1943
Time:19:40 LT
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: W4769
MSN: QR-V
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Zuiderdijkweg road, Wieringerwerf, Noord-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Syerston
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Target: Essen
Takeoff time: 17:21

Exploded in mid-air. The crew was initially buried at Huisduinen Military Cemetery. Since reinterred at the Bergen Op Zoom War Cemetery. Average age, 21.

Crew:-
Pilot : Pilot Officer Raymond Harry Bird RAFVR 139610 [Killed] (NCO:1254799 Commission Gazetted : Tuesday 23 March, 1943)
Flight Engineer : Sergeant John Davis RAF 643447 [Killed]
Navigator : Flying Officer Harold John Robert Tickle RAFVR 119747 [Killed] (NCO:1261964 Commission Gazetted : Tuesday 02 June, 1942)
Bomb Aimer : Sergeant George John Inglis RAFVR 1052249 [Killed]
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner : Warrant Officer Class II Robert James Kee RCAF R/86226 [Killed]
Mid-Upper Gunner : Sergeant Ronald Clifford Gait RAFVR 1499876 [Killed]
Rear Gunner : Pilot Officer Leslie George Gunning RAFVR 139201 [Killed] (NCO:1319235 Commission Gazetted : Tuesday 02 March, 1943)

Sources:

SGLO database - https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/ahome/lossregister/results?sglo=T1970
Google Maps
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
21-Aug-2014 13:18 DakotaDave Updated [Time, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport]
27-Dec-2017 10:31 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Nov-2018 09:01 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]
12-Jun-2022 06:56 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]
13-Jun-2022 00:37 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
03-Jan-2024 07:40 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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