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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52674
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: R5748
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:'Swartfean' at Opeinde, Friesland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Coningsby
Destination airport:
Took off from RAF Coningsby at 23:30 on 26 July 1942, for an operation to Hamburg in Germany.
Over Friesland, shot down by night fighter pilot Leutnant Lothar Linke of the 5./NJG 2, who had taken off from Leeuwarden airfield - (claim) Zwartveen 20 km ESE of Leeuwarden. The aircraft exploded in mid-air and crashed in a black peat bog between Rottevalle and Opeinde, Netherlands. This was the 9th "kill" for the Luftwaffe ace.
The bomb aimer is missing in action:

Pilot:42264 Sqn Ldr Francis Harold Robertson DFC - Opeinde Protestant Cemetery Grave 1
Flight Engineer:778188 Sgt Joseph John Cooper (South African)Opeinde Protestant Cemetery Grave 3
Navigator: Aus/403108 Sgt James Charles Henry RAAF PoW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. PoW Number 25099.
Bomb Aimer:119188 Plt Off Wilfred Alfred John Fuller - Runnymede Memorial Panel 69
Wireless Operator:1164033 Sgt Maurice John Dembrey Opeinde Protestant Cemetery Grave 2
Air Gunner:1378878 Sgt R Stoker PoW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. PoW Number 25081.
Air Gunner:J/15334 Plt Off Henry Frederick Charles Humphries RCAF PoW Stalag Luft 3 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 573.




Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
30-Dec-2014 17:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Dec-2014 17:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
03-Jun-2015 07:09 Rata Updated [Time, Operator]
09-Aug-2017 17:35 TigerTimon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Feb-2018 20:38 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Feb-2018 19:41 Red Dragon Updated [Source]
23-Feb-2018 19:44 Red Dragon Updated [Source]
28-Oct-2018 13:05 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
11-May-2020 14:54 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
11-May-2020 17:09 TigerTimon Updated [Location, Embed code]

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