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Vengeance EZ869 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Vengeance EZ869

c/n:30917 Mk.IA Shot down by AAA over Akyab Island Burma Dec 15 1943 More information in: Joe Baugher's USAAF Military Serials

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  15 Dec 43 Aircraft Name  Vengeance IA Serial Number  EZ869
Unit  82 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Dohazari Country  India
Aircrew details Flt Lt David William METHERELL*(39927)
Fg Offr Edward Albert CARTER*(104344)
Details Strike led by Metherill. During a dive, ac hit by AA fire, burst into flames and crashed. Exploded on impact with no survivors. [orb] 0751 Six ac took off at 0751 led by Flt Lt D W Metherell to attack SATY CREEK area of Akyab. The formation arrived over target at 0900 hours and wer emet with light AA of moderate intensity. Theleader turned into a dive and was next seen going down in flames, and later to crash and explode and burn on the ground. The observer was E A Carter. Neighter emmber of the crew was seen to bale out and while definite proofe is not orthcoming, the chances that either escaped with his life is considered remote. The cause of teh disaster is not known but it is believed that the aircraft was hit by AA Fire. Four of the remaining aircraft bombed building along the East and south of the chaung. whle the fifth attacked a large TE Bomber which as been immobilised at Akyab aerodrome since April last. the five remainign ac returned at 0955 hours. F541: Aircraft D AN689 .
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