Accident Avro Lancaster Mk I ED355, Thursday 17 December 1942
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Date:Thursday 17 December 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:44 (Rhodesia) Sqn RAF
Registration: ED355
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Waterloo at Ypecolsga, Friesland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Waddington
Destination airport:
Operation - Nienburg, Germany.

The aircraft was intercepted and shot down by the night fighter crew of Hauptmann Helmut Lent & Feldwebel Walter Kubisch of the Stab IV./NJG 1, who had taken off from Leeuwarden at 19:45 hrs, in Bf 110 G-4 G9+AF; crashed onto a road between Waterloo & Harich (Friesland). The remains of the bomber were found in 1951 during road construction.

Pilot : Flight Sergeant John Glen Dening RAAF Aus/405576 [Killed]
Flight Engineer : Sergeant John Arthur Callan RAF 567483 [Killed]
Observer : Flying Officer Maurice Alfred Nias RAFVR 120242 (NCO:655934 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 26 May, 1942) [Killed]
Observer : Sergeant Gordon Bowden Wilkinson RAFVR 1319418 [Killed]
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner : Sergeant Leonard George Powell RAFVR 1359999 [Killed]
Mid-Upper Gunner : Flight Sergeant William McBain James Stark RCAF R/92640 [Killed]
Rear Gunner : Flight Sergeant Edward Croal RAAF Aus/411996 [Killed]

All lie at the Jonkerbos cemetery, Gelderland except Sgt Wilkinson and F/Sgt Croal who rest at the Ypecolsga cemetery.

Bomber Command Losses 1942 William Chorley
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
Google Maps
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
04-Jun-2010 00:46 Snowy Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
04-Jun-2010 00:50 Snowy Updated [Narrative]
13-Apr-2015 15:25 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
15-Dec-2017 11:26 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2018 04:34 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]
06-Nov-2020 19:13 TigerTimon Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
24-Apr-2024 17:42 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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