Incident Avro Lancaster Mk III PB616,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 159379
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Date:Wednesday 9 May 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Lancaster Mk III
Owner/operator:83 Sqn RAF
Registration: PB616
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:B.112 Rheine/Hopsten ALG -   Germany
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF ALG B-112 (Rheine-Hopsten AB)
Destination airport:
Lancaster B.Mk.III PB616 ('OL-A') of 83 Squadron, RAF. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 9-5-1945 when tyre burst on take-off at RAF Advanced Landing Ground B-112 (Rheine-Hopsten AB): aircraft swung off runway & undercarriage collapsed, being Destroyed By Fire. Pilot, Flt Lt E.R. Brown (RAF/338148) uninjured
Accident was observed by F/L Keith Watson and his F/E Len Wilman of 97 Squadron. The plane was full of POWs who proceeded to exit the aircraft while it burned and re-joined the queue to get on another kite! Watson wrote about it in his personal diary and an unpublished account called 'Mission Most Memorable'. Watson records that it was the starboard wheel which disintegrated and F/L Brown retracted the undercarriage and dropped the plane onto its underbelly.


1. Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999
5. Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
24 August 1943 ED984 83 Sqn RAF 6 Nunsdorf, Zossen, Brandenburg w/o
20 October 1943 JB154 83 Sqn RAF 7 near Anreep, Drenthe w/o
2 January 1944 ND354 83 Sqn RAF 7 Lutten, Goldenstedt, Niedersachsen w/o
11 April 1944 ND389 83 Sqn RAF 7 Boensberg, Merksplas, Antwerp w/o
11 November 1944 PB188 83 Sqn RAF 1 railway station of Hamburg-Harburg w/o

Revision history:

28-Aug-2013 05:33 JINX Added
08-Oct-2018 22:21 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Nov-2018 21:30 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Operator]
31-Jan-2020 06:47 Ian Campbell Updated [Narrative]
27-Jun-2022 10:17 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
08-May-2024 06:41 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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