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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172571
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:97 (The Straits Settlements) Squadron Royal Air Force (97 (The Straits Settlements) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R5553
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Woodhall Spe
Avro Lancaster B.Mk.1 R5553 "OF-S" of 97 Sqn., RAF. Took off 22:57 from RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. Target: Stuttgart. Landed back at Woodhall Spa 01:14. Reaching the French coast, undercarriage came down of its own accord, suspected hit by flak, all types of accurate flak coming up when failure occurred. Mission was abandoned, bomb doors failed to open so forced to land with full load without flaps, with result that the aircraft overshot and crashed without injury to the crew. Aircraft a complete write-off.

F/O D J H Maltby
F/S G W Lancey RCAF
Sgt M R H Smith
Sgt H Rouse
Sgt E N Grimwood
F/S H Legace
Sgt L W Humphrey RCAF

As all were uninjured, they returned to service immediately. A year later, F/O D.J.H. Maltby, now with 617 Squadron, participated in the Dams raid, gaining an immediate DSO to go with the DFC that he gained with 97 Squadron. Tragically, F/O Maltby, by then a squadron leader, was killed on operations 15 September 1943. Of his crew, Sgt Grimwood was lost on 26 July 1942



Revision history:

29-Dec-2014 21:14 Dr. John Smith Added
06-Jun-2015 09:44 Charlie Harper Updated [Operator]
19-Dec-2017 19:22 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator]
10-Nov-2018 22:29 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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