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Lysander II R1991 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Lysander II R1991

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  19 Jul 42 Aircraft Name  Lysander II Serial Number  R1991
Unit  20 Sqdn Operating Airfield  Tezpur Country  India
Aircrew details Sqn Ldr Fred Frank LAMBERT
Details Crashed at Tezpur during dogfight practice 19.07.42. The ground party of A and B Flights, left for Tezpur on 15 July 42. The air party followed on 19 July 42. The air party almost made Tezpur without incident. However short of Tezpur, Sqn Ldr Lambert was engaging his wing man Jamie mIle on a dogfight when the engine gave out. Lambert had to force land his aircraft R1991 . The aircraft overturned and caught fire. Sqn Ldr Lambert suffered a broken finger. His gunner Sgt Carruthers was slightly injured as well. The squadron pilots blamed Lambert for smoking a cigarette near the wreck and setting it on fire intentionally! It is worthwhile to note that the Lysander R1991 had an earlier incident a month back when it was damaged in an air to ground firing sortie when it was being flown by Flt Lt Millar.
Source Air Britain

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