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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21406
Last updated: 22 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: L7538
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
On 20 February 1942 the Lancaster I L7538 of 97 Sqn RAF landed at 1527 hrs at Waddington, his home base, after a training flight, but at too high a speed. It ran off the runway into a ditch causing the undercarriage to collapse. The bomber was wrecked but the crew was unhurt. The only known by name is the pilot, Sgt J A Rowan Parry.

Some sources say this aircraft was of 97 Sqn, but it is unlikely. Waddington was the base of 44 Sqn RAF and L7538 was One of the three Lancasters delivered to this squadron on 24 December 1941 for conversion and working-up training of future Lancaster crews. And Sgt Rowan Parry flew as a second pilot in a 44 Sqn Lancaster for a raid against the Tirpitz. on 27-28 April 1942.

*44 Sqn (KM-B) 24 December 1941 - 97 Sqn January 1942. Crashed 20 February 1942.

"Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, vol 3: Aircraft and Crew Losses 1942", by W R Chorley. ISBN 0-904597-89-X
"Air War Over Europe: 1939-1945", by Chaz Bowyer. ISBN 0-85052-937-9
*Avro Lancaster The Definitive Record 2nd Edition - Harry Holmes.

Revision history:

21-Jun-2008 20:53 JINX Added
07-Jun-2013 13:49 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
18-Aug-2013 21:09 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source]
25-Feb-2016 16:23 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Date, Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2017 15:14 Red Dragon Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2018 15:14 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
22-Dec-2019 09:40 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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