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Last updated: 24 October 2021
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Date:13-AUG-1942
Time:02:41 claim
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:207 Squadron Royal Air Force (207 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R5760
MSN: EM-Y
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Missing - North Sea off Zeeland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Bottesford, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Avro Lancaster B.Mk.I R5760/EM-Y, 207 Squadron, RAF: Delivered 26-7-1942. Missing on "ops" on night of 12/13-8-1942.

Takeoff at 22:46 hrs local time on 12-8-1942 for an operation to Mainz in Germany. Homeward-bound, at 02:41 hrs on 13-8-1942 and over Zeeland in the Netherlands, the aircraft was attacked by night fighter pilot Hauptmann Dr. Horst Patuschka of the 7./NJG 2, who was flying a Ju 88 C-6 from Gilze-Rijen airfield. All seven crew posted as MIA (Missing In Action), and later KIA (Killed In Action)

Crew of Lancaster R5760:
Sgt Thomas Fitzpatrick, RAF (Service Number: 1113188, aged 24)
Sgt John Walter Benn, RAAF (Service Number AUS404881. aged 32)
W/O David Wyndham Fry, RAF (Service Number: 905553, aged 21)
Sgt Henry Alfred Leslie Green, RAF(Service Number: 548497, aged 21)
Sgt Ronald Wiliam Edward Holmes, RAF (Service Number: 629489, aged 21)
Sgt Philip Redginald Kenny, RAF (Service Number: 1121314, aged 27)
Sgt Stanley Obbard, RAF (Service Number: 646412, aged 20)

As all seven crew have no known grave, they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sources:

1. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
2. http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=R5760
3. http://www.207squadron.rafinfo.org.uk/war_memorials.htm
4. https://www.lancaster-archive.com/lanc_unknowncrashsites.pdf
5. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/lancaster/20530-R57601942-08-13.html
6. http://www.207squadron.rafinfo.org.uk/lancasters/207lancs_serial.htm
7. https://losses.internationalbcc.co.uk/loss/107712/
8. 207 Squadron Record of Events (Operational Record Book) for August 1942: National Archives File AIR 27/1233/38 at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8393110
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1270100/THOMAS%20FITZPATRICK/
10. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1083787/JOHN%20WALTER%20BENN/
11. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1270483/DAVID%20WYNDHAM%20FRY/
12. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1798763/HENRY%20ALFRED%20LESLIE%20GREEN/
13. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1800399/RONALD%20WILLIAM%20EDWARD%20HOLMES/
14. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1802618/PHILIP%20REGINALD%20KENNY/
15. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/1803510/STANLEY%20OBBARD/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-May-2020 20:15 TigerTimon Added
15-May-2020 20:16 TigerTimon Updated [Source, Narrative]
17-Jun-2021 21:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]

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