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Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Time:02:21 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:1654 HCU Royal Air Force (1654 HCU RAF)
Registration: W4108
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Buitenweg road, Oudehorne, Friesland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Wigsley, Tuxford, Nottinghamshire
Destination airport:Bremen
On the 14 September 1942, Lancaster B.MK.1 W4108 "UG-B" from 1654 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit) crashed near the Dutch town of Oudehorne. Airborne from RAF Wigsley, Tuxford, Nottinghamshire at 23:30. One of 466 RAF aircraft whose target was Bremen.
Outward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Ludwig Becker of the 6./NJG 2, who had taken off from Leeuwarden airfield; crashed on farmland worked by the Kleistra brothers at the Buitenweg road, Oudehorne, 10 km east of Heerenveen.
All seven rest in the Nieuwehorne protestant cemetery:

Pilot: 103940 Plt Off Edwin Frederick Dowdell - Heerenveen (Nieuwehorne) Protestant Cemetery Row 14 Grave 30.
Flight Engineer: 1105111 Sgt George Alec Walker - Heerenveen (Nieuwehorne) Protestant Cemetery Row 14 Grave 29.
Navigator: NZ/391872 Plt Off Patrick Aylmer Vivian RNZAF - Heerenveen (Nieuwehorne) Protestant
Cemetery Row 14 Grave 32.
Bomb Aimer: R/86603 Flt Sgt John Joseph William Adams RCAF - Heerenveen (Nieuwehorne) Protestant
Cemetery Plot 14 Grave 31.
Wireless Operator: 652245 Flt Sgt Robert Robertson - Heerenveen (Nieuwehorne) Protestant Cemetery Row 14 Grave 34.
Air Gunner: 651576 Sgt Percy Kenneth Jones - Heerenveen (Nieuwehorne) Protestant Cemetery Row 14 Grave 28.
Air Gunner: 1338677 Sgt Reginald Laurence Moss - Heerenveen (Nieuwehorne) Protestant Cemetery Row 14 Grave 33.

In 1992 a monument was erected to commemorate the airmen of Lancaster W4108 on the road at the edge of the field where the aircraft came down.


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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
31-Dec-2014 17:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
31-Dec-2014 17:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
09-Jun-2015 17:45 Angel dick one Updated [Time, Operator]
13-Sep-2017 06:12 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Aug-2019 14:17 Anon. Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
27-May-2020 13:46 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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