Accident Avro Lancaster Mk III ND389,
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Date:Tuesday 11 April 1944
Time:23:15 LT
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: ND389
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Boensberg, Merksplas, Antwerp -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 20:46 hrs for an operation to Aachen in Germany.
The aircraft was intercepted and shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer of the Stab IV./NJG 1, who had become airborne from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield at 22:08 hrs, in Bf 110 G-4 G9+DF.

Pilot : Flying Officer Victor McConnell RAFVR 159570 (NCO:1264496 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 30 November, 1943) [Killed]
Flight Engineer : Sergeant Terence Powell RAFVR 1654832 [Killed]
Navigator : Flying Officer Alfred John Spencer Watts RAFVR 135663 (NCO:1337601 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 23 February, 1943) [Killed]
Bomb Aimer : Flight Sergeant Harry Sidney Vickers RAFVR 1576350 [Killed]
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner : Sergeant Walter Surgey RAFVR 1575402 [Killed]
Mid-Upper Gunner : Sergeant Gordon Hamer Bradshaw RAFVR 1338925 [Killed]
Rear Gunner : Sergeant William John Throsby RAFVR 1818982 [Killed]

Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part two
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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 November 1944 PB188 83 Sqn RAF 1 railway station of Hamburg-Harburg w/o
9 May 1945 PB616 83 Sqn RAF 0 B.112 Rheine/Hopsten ALG w/o


Revision history:

30-Mar-2020 14:37 TigerTimon Added
11-Apr-2022 13:27 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Jun-2022 02:46 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
11-Apr-2024 06:38 Rob Davis Updated [Narrative]

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