Accident Avro Lancaster Mk I DV401,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 51061
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Date:Monday 3 January 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:61 Sqn RAF
Registration: DV401
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Mirns (Boelenweg 1 Bakhuisterhoog), Friesland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Skellingthrope
Destination airport:Berlin
Mission-Berlin. Took off from RAF Skellingthorpe at at 2346. Crashed at 01:30 at Mirns (Friesland) near Bakhuizen, 18 km WNW of Lemmer, Holland.
The aircraft was damaged by night fighter pilot Oberfeldwebel Heinz Vinke of the 11./NJG 1, who was flying a Bf 110 G-4 from (presumably) Leeuwarden airfield; crashed and exploded.
Funerals were held on 4 January in Gaasterland (Bakhuizen) Roman Catholic Cemetery, their graves being near two Australians who fell a year previous while flying with 460 Squadron (See Volume 4 Page 26).
Pilot: 124570 Fg Off George Arthur Tull - Gaasterland (Bakhuizen) Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 24 Grave 20 (NCO:1389617 Commission Gazetted : Tuesday 23 February, 1943)
Flight Engineer: 1607798 Sgt Gordon Edward Heasman - Gaasterland (Bakhuizen) Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 24 Grave 17.
Navigator: 1394468 Sgt Joseph Gerald Holden - Gaasterland (Bakhuizen) Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 24 Grave 16.
Bomb Aimer: R/164036 Sgt John Stanley Baldwin RCAF - Gaasterland (Bakhuizen) Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 24 Grave 22.
Wireless Operator: 1392768 Sgt James Stock - Gaasterland (Bakhuizen) Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 24 Grave 18.
Air Gunner: 1593845 Sgt Charles Gordon Crosby - Gaasterland (Bakhuizen) Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 24 Grave 21
Air Gunner: 1356442 Sgt Charles Ablett - Gaasterland (Bakhuizen) Roman Catholic Cemetery Row 24 Grave 19.

Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part one
Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1944 Page 23.
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
12 May 1944 LM454 61 Sqn RAF 7 Melsele, Beveren, East Flanders w/o

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
03-Jun-2016 21:56 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Nov-2018 09:10 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
18-Oct-2019 10:57 Anon. Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Nov-2019 09:37 TigerTimon Updated [Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
02-Jan-2024 07:53 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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