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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52529
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:106 Squadron Royal Air Force (106 Sqn RAF)
Registration: W4178
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea west of Zandvoort, Noord-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:RAF Coningsby (QCY/EGXC)
Destination airport:
Lancaster B.Mk.1 W4178 "ZN-P" of 106 Sqn, RAF. Airborne 20:20 on 16 Sep 1942 from Coningsby. Target: Essen. Crashed in the North Sea sea off the coast of the Netherlands, west of Zandvoort. All seven crew on board KIA:

Pilot P/O. D.J. Downer 111550 RAF Runnymede Memorial 69
Flight engineer Sgt. L.A. Crossley 571067 RAF Runnymede Memorial 81
Navigator Sgt. F.A. Digby 1377769 RAF Runnymede Memorial 81
Bomb aimer F/Sgt. H.C. Johnston R/92229 RCAF Runnymede Memorial 104
Wireless op Sgt. R. Bell 1110202 RAF Runnymede Memorial 78
Air gunner Sgt. A. Williams 1122275 RAF Amsterdam 69 D 17 Washed up near Zandvoort 17 Oct 42
Air gunner P/O. R.F. Chase J/9349 RCAF Runnymede Memorial 100

When lost this aircraft had a total of 17 hours W4178 was one of three 106 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See also: R5681, W4179.



Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
31-Dec-2014 18:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jun-2015 07:10 Rata Updated [Operator]
28-Oct-2016 17:44 sunnyhill_50@hotmail Updated [Cn, Destination airport]
18-Sep-2017 20:00 TigerTimon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
28-Oct-2018 12:56 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase, Destination airport, Operator]
02-Jun-2020 08:00 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Phase]

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