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Narrative:Avro Lancaster LM649, 39 MU RAF Colerne: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 3-1-44 while being towed at RAF Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire. The aircraft was being towed into a hangar at RAF Colerne (there was no one on board the aircraft) but the ground crew failed to ensure that there was sufficient clearance, and a wingtip struck the hangar door.
|Date:||Thursday 3 January 1946|
Avro Lancaster B Mk VII
|Owner/operator:||39 MU RAF|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||RAF Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England -
|Phase:|| Pushback / towing|
|Departure airport:||RAF Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources|
Despite that damage being apparently superficial, the Lancaster was written off as "damaged beyond repair" and struck off charge
LM649 brief history: Built by A. V Roe at Yeadon, West Yorkshire to contract Acft/1807. Delivered 15-7-44, service with 49 Squadron, 619 Squadron, 630 Squadron (7 days), 44 Squadron (1 day), and 75 Squadron. Struck off charge at 39 MU RAF Colerne 27-1-46
1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.25 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.24
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft LA100-LZ999 (James J Halley Air Britain)
5. "RAF Write-offs 1946": Air Britain Aeromilitaria 1979 p.93: https://air-britain.com/pdfs/aeromilitaria/Aeromilitaria_1979.pdf