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    Default Avro Lancaster crash in Halam, Nottinghamshire

    In the early hours of Saturday 10th April 1943 Lancaster ED823 belonging to 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit took off from Winthorpe. The aircraft crashed in Halam, Notts. tragically all seven crew members were killed.

    411919 Flt Sgt L W LEAN RAAF
    14855 Sert F DUNKIN RAAF
    127064 FO E LAMBERT
    1087359 Sgt H U OXSPRING
    1345277 Sgt W S L GRAHAM
    R/115799 Flt Sgt R D LEWIS RCAF
    1231524 Sgt W G STEPHENSON

    We are planning to unveil a permanent memorial this year (2011) and to hold a memorial service in the village. All will be most welcome, especially those with connections to those who sadly lost their lives that tragic night. Please contact us for further information.

    We are hoping to put together a booklet about the crew and their plane and would be delighted to hear from any relatives of the airmen, and from anyone with memories of Winthorpe and the 1661 HCU.

    Please contact:
    Last edited by Halam_Lancaster; 5th January 2011 at 08:36.

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    There is one Lewis family in the town of Melfort, Saskatchewan, hometown of "your" Lewis, the one RCAF man.

    There may be a connection there:

    Using F/Sgt Lean's service number "411919" as your keyword, there are three digitized files at the National Archives of Australia Archives site:

    As F/St Lean's service file is one of those digitized files a little bit of reading should connect you with family, if any. The casualty file will provide what is known about the cause of the crash etc.

    Use the same site and Sgt Dunkin's service number "14855" as your keyword and there are a further two files on him on the NAA site.

    Hopefully, someone will come along with information on the RAF members of this crew.

    Last edited by alieneyes; 5th January 2011 at 11:02. Reason: addl information on NAA resources

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    Default Lancaster ED823 from 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit, Winthorpe, Notts

    Many thanks for that Dave

    We've obtained the service records for the Canadian & Australian aircrew members - it's much easier to get these than UK records!!

    We have also contacted local newspapers in the UK regarding families of the RAF men...

    Hopefully we will make some contacts


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