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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52635
Last updated: 24 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:207 Squadron Royal Air Force (207 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R5761
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near the church at Megen, Noord-Brabant -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Bottesford, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Lancaster B.Mk.1 R5761 "EM-T" of 207 Sqn., RAF. Airborne 22:58 on 5 Aug 1942 from Bottesford to bomb a target in Essen.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Oberleutnant Loos & Unteroffizier Gumm of the 1./NJG 1, who were flying a Bf 110 F-4 from Venlo airfield.
All seven rest in the Uden War Cemetery:

Pilot / F/Lt. G.A. Ings 61471 RAF / grave 4 H 4
Second Pilot / Sgt. R. Bell Berry 1076769 RAF / grave 4 H 3
Observer / W/O. W.J.A. Shapter R/78148 RCAF / grave 4 H 7
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner / Sgt. J. Culley 1186097 RAF / grave 4 H 8
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner / F/Sgt. G.C. Everitt MM 751919 RAF / grave 4 H 5
Air Gunner / Sgt. D.R. Manser 1271941 RAF / grave 4 H 6
Air Gunner / Sgt. J.W.E. Holland 528167 RAF / grave 4 B 1

The body of Sgt Holland was recovered from the River Maas 12 Aug 1942 and he is buried with the rest of the crew in Uden War Cemetery. Sgt Everitt's Military Medal was awarded by the Polish authorities. Seven of this crew survived a ditching in the North Sea on 21 June 1942 in Lancaster R5860


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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
30-Dec-2014 18:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Dec-2014 18:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
06-Jun-2015 09:53 Cliford Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
12-Aug-2017 21:17 TigerTimon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2018 08:59 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
14-May-2020 20:08 TigerTimon Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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