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Last updated: 24 October 2021
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Date:25-AUG-1942
Time:02:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:97 Squadron Royal Air Force (97 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R5537
MSN: OF-B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off the Antwerpsesteenweg road, Malle, province of Antwerpen -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:10 hrs local time for an operation to Frankfurt am Main in Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Kurt Loos of the 1./NJG 1 based at Venlo airfield in the Netherlands.
All seven rest in the Westmalle churchyard:

F/O Gilbert C. Hooey DFC (pilot, 32 years old), Sgt Victor Butler (flight engineer, 24 y.), F/Sgt Leonard Grundy (observer), F/Sgt Arthur H. Withers (observer, 23 y.), Sgt Percy V. Parry (air gunner), Sgt Ronald C. Martin (air gunner) and P/O Edward J. Smitherman (air gunner, 22 y.).


Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/lancaster-te-westmalle
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=R5537
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