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    Hello,

    On 13-12-1942, No.1656 HCU Lancaster I ED317 was involved in an accident at Lindholme. 1656 HCU also lost Halifax II W1011 (BCL8/34) on this date. Not sure if there was any connection.

    Have Francis Mason (The Avro Lancaster), Harry Holmes or The Lancaster File, anything to say about ED317 on 13-12-1942?

    I am aware of the subsequent history/fate of ED317.

    Any information appreciated.

    Col.

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    Col, Neither Frank Mason or Harry Holmes make any comment on the accident at Lindholme.
    Bill.

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    Col

    Harry Holmes has no further info.

    However the AB Halifax File states that W1011 crash landed and caught fire 1 mile North of Lindholm whilst on approach. No mention of a collision or any other aircraft involved or damaged.

    Simon

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    Gentlemen,

    Thanks for your help.

    I don't hold out much hope for The Lancaster File either!

    I think the incident must have been a relatively minor affair. AUS10651 Sgt Herbert Keith CHESLIN RAAF, sustained a bruised right knee in the accident. He did end up in the SSQ Lindholme, classified as slightly injured.

    Cheslin himself, was a very rare bird indeed. He was a RAAF Flight Engineer attached to the RAF.

    Regards,

    Col.

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    Col,

    Not wishing to disappoint ... the Lanc File has, as you guessed, nothing about the accident.

    ED317, incidentally, was 15th in a batch of 138 Lancs delivered between Nov 1942 and Mar 1943, so she must have barely out of the factory when the accident occurred.

    Errol

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    Errol,

    Slightly disappointed.

    It appears as if Cheslin suffered more damage than the Lanc!

    Col.

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