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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21404
Last updated: 24 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 IB
Owner/operator:44 (Rhodesia) Squadron Royal Air Force (44 (Rhodesia) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L7536
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:nr Le Vieil-Evreux (Eure), 6 km ESE of Evreux -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Waddington
Destination airport:
Took off 15:12 for mission to Augsburg. Shot down by Major Oesau of 11./JG2 Richthofen - West of Evreux at 16:55.

*The fighters now started attacks on Nettleton's front Vic of three Lancasters. By then they had been joined by Major Oesau, a 100-victory ace officially forbidden to fly more operations, but who had jumped into a fighter and taken off on first sight of the Lancasters, followed by his wing man Oberfeldwebel Oesau selected Rhodes for his victim and closed to within 10 metres firing all guns and cannon in a withering hail of fire. The Lancaster's port engines both erupted in flames, which spread instantly to the starboard motors. The bomber reared abruptly-as if in agony - stalled harshly, plunged straight down; passing between Nettleton and Garwell in a vertical dive and missing both by mere inches.

Pilot: 938642 Sgt George Thomas Rhodes - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.
Pilot: 41300 Sgt Lawrence Heaton Baxter RNZAF - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.
Navigator: 921754 Sgt Brian Ignatius Joseph Daly - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 633309 Sgt Cyril Leonard Merricks - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 1157843 Sgt John Alfred Wynton - Evreux Communal Cemetery
Air Gunner:533590 Flt Sgt George Alfred Edwards - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.
Air Gunner:807146 Flt Sgt Henry Verdun Gill - Evreux Communal Cemetery Row C. Coll. grave 2-8.


Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
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Revision history:

21-Jun-2008 20:34 JINX Added
01-Jun-2013 16:27 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
18-Aug-2013 19:51 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source]
27-Nov-2014 16:26 Xindel X Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
07-Dec-2017 21:48 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2018 04:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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