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    Default 5 LFS Lancaster accident 3.4.1944

    Hi all,

    I would like to establish the identity of Lanc + its crew which crashlanded/crashed shortly after take off for training flight on 3.4.44.
    BCL Vol 8 pg. 176 indetifies it as Lancaster Mk.I L7540 RC o U but other sources like A-B RAF Serials stated this Lanc crashed on 15.4.1944.

    Any help much appreciated

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Not able to answer your query re the date, I have it as 15th. If of interest there is a photograph of the aircraft whilst with 83 S coded OL-U here; http://ww2today.com/23-april-1944-sl...ver-dusseldorf

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    Thank you Dave, the photo will be great if the identity will be confirmed. So far it is about 50:50 3rd versus 15th...
    Seems to me I will have try my luck with the RAF Museum Hendon if they are accepting research orders. Have anyone tried to contact them recently regarding AM Form 78 or 1180? My last attempt from end of 2018 was simply refused.

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    The RAF Museum was committed fully to RAF 100 during 2018 and hence there was a backlog of work/requests for help, when RAF100 ended. I do not know but suspect there remains much work to be done to catch up - but no extra resources!

    I've checked Mason's book and it gives 15 April. Problem is unless you have the primary source, errors are often repeated by those using the non-primary source.

    Colin Cummings

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    Pavel

    The thought has occurred that the 15th may be the written off charge date after an accident on the 3rd. Do you know if there were fatalities? Could get to the date via CWGC or death certificate if the RAF Museum route is temporarily closed.



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    Hi Colin, thank you for your post. The problem with the RAF Muesum was that the last time their reply was (after the 100th celebration already) that they are still not accepting new requested and that they are in process of consideration if and how they will be providing this service in future...

    Dave it is a good point - as far as I know from the veteran reminiscences there were no fatalities. I know the names of the crew (excluding the instructor) but was not able to find Log Book of any of them to get some clue. So it looks like another long shot...

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    Hi all,

    the mystery has been solved - AM 78 stated Cat B on 3.4.44 and SOC 14.4.44.

    Pavel
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