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    Would anybody be able to help identify any more information about Lancaster PB565? Especially the aircraft code and squadron code worn when it crashed. Also after previous units/squadrons, I have come across it being operated by 156 Squadron in November 1944. Avro Lancaster Mk.III, PB565, 1667 HCU, RAF Sandtoft, 15th April 1945. Airborne 1455 from Sandtoft on cross-country flight. At 1525 aircraft observed to nose over and dive to the ground. Crash site given as sheet 39 265185. P/O H.P. Speed KOA, F/S R. Ollerton KOA, F/S J.W. Hamilton RAAF KOA, F/O B.A. Savage KOA, F/O E.B. Carss KOA, Sgt S.J. Kingdon KOA, Sgt R.B.R. Cook KOA, Sgt E.H.J. Martin KOA. 1667 HCU codes on Lancaster’s: GG, KR and LR source: http://www.lancaster-archive.com/bc_sqncodes.htm Unfortunately all the crew were killed when the Lancaster came down near Owston Ferry, a memorial is trying to be organised near the crash site.
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    Welcome to the forum, WhitleyZ6743. I regret I can't help with your query, but the crew were Killed On Active Service, not Killed In Action. No enemy were involved; this was a straightforward flying accident, the cause of which should be found in the corresponding Accident Card (RAF Form 1180).

    Someone might have a copy, but if not you can obtain it from the RAF Museum.

    Brian
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    Thank you for the reply Brian. I knew it was a flying accident, just didn't take note that the text stated KIA, I will correct it. I copied the background information from this site: http://www.bcar.org.uk/1945-incident-logs
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    No problem WhitleyZ6743. This comes up from time to time, and admit I did check with Flight magazine archive just to make sure. The crew are listed amongst other at https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarch...l?search=Carss.

    I must apologise myself for not highlighting all the capital letters, it should be KOAS. I notice that the website appears to use KIA almost without exception.

    Brian

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