Accident Avro Lancaster Mk III ND325,
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Date:Sunday 2 January 1944
Time:04:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Lancaster Mk III
Owner/operator:12 Sqn RAF
Registration: ND325
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Wingsbach, Taunusstein, Hessen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 00:30 hrs for an operation to Berlin.

The aircraft was damaged by heavy Flak, the crew bailing out except for the pilot.
Dennis Smith was the only fatality from this crew: ‘His parachute failed to deploy fully after he had been hit by the tailplane when baling out and his body was found by the Germans in a forest clearing and identified by a captured crew member.’ His remains were re-interred in the Durnbach War Cemetery after the War.

Pilot Officer K.L. West performed a forced landing with wheels down and the aircraft incurred damage to its right main wheel on an obstruction at Wingsbach.

For more info on the crew, see Aircrew Remembered.


Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part one
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History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
18 October 1943 JB147 103 Sqn RAF 7 5km North of Kaltenweide w/o
26 November 1943 JB458 103 Sqn RAF 6 between Frankfurt-Höchst and Oberau, Altenstadt, Hessen w/o
28 May 1944 ND925 103 Sqn RAF 6 North Sea, West of Vlissingen w/o
29 July 1944 PB147 103 Sqn RAF 7 Crashed 300 metres from Xaronval (Vosges) at 1.17am per Police report w/o

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12-Dec-2019 08:53 TigerTimon Added

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