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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21415
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:44 (Rhodesia) Squadron Royal Air Force (44 (Rhodesia) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L7548
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:nr Ormes (Eure), 14 km WNW of Evreux -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Waddington
Destination airport:
Airborne on mission to Augsburg 15:12. It is thought this Lancaster was shot down by a Bf.109 Black 7 piloted by Uffz Pohl of 11./JG2 Richthofen, who is reputed to have scored the unit's 1,000th victory of the war.

Then Crum was jumped by Unteroffizier Pohl in his Bf 109, Black 7 and had his port wing erupt in flames. Jettisoning his bomb load immediately Crum promptly put the crippled Lancaster down on the ground, as per the pre-agreed briefing instructions. Unbeknown to Crum his crash was recorded in the Jagdgeschwader's Game Book as its 1,000th claimed victory of the war.

Aircraft abandoned, and crashed near Ormes (Eure) 14 kilometres west-north-west of Evreux, France.
My father, 14 years old in 1942 had see the crash and the Lancaster burning.

Crew: Managed to reach Vichy France, where interred as PoWs -

Pilot:740587 WO H V Crum DFM RAF PoW No.149. Camps L6/357.
Flight Engineer:778241 Sgt A D C Dedman (Southern Rhodesia) RAF PoW No.333. Camp L7
Navigator: 987157 WO N T Birkett RAF PoW No.138900. Camps 7A/L7. Evaded capture in France 17 April - 1 May 1942. Attempted escapes: Fort de la Revere (Nice) through tunnel, 7 September 1942; Campo 54 (Fara Sabina) September 1943; on the march near Arezzo, 20 June 1944. (WO 208/3339/1306)
Bomb Aimer: 647737 Flt Sgt J Saunderson RAF PoW No.139340. Camps 11A/357.Evaded capture in France, 17 April - 1 May 1942. Attempted escape only from internment camp at Nice, September 1942.
Wireless operator/Air Gunner: 1380080 Sgt B A Dowty RAF PoW No.139357. Camps 7A/11A/357. Evaded capture in France, 17 Apr - 1 May 1942. Attempted escape: Fort de la Revere, September 1942. WO 208/3339/1211.
Air Gunner: 992519 Sgt J Miller RAF PoW No.39503. Internment Fort de la Revere (06) before internment camps 18C/18A/L6/357. WO208/3335/1987
Air Gunner: 1220560 Sgt A Cobb RAF PoW No.39066. Camps L6/357. Evaded capture in France, 17 April - 1 May 1942. Attempted escape only from Fort de la Revere, end August 1942.


Air-Britain Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
National Archives Liberation Reports.

Revision history:

22-Jun-2008 05:39 JINX Added
04-Jul-2008 15:24 JINX Updated
04-Mar-2012 14:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Country, Source, Narrative]
15-Aug-2012 06:39 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport]
01-Jun-2013 16:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
24-Jul-2013 13:07 Anon. Updated [Location, Narrative]
18-Aug-2013 19:40 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source]
27-Nov-2014 16:24 Xindel X Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
07-Dec-2017 22:20 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2018 04:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase, Destination airport, Operator]

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