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Lancaster Crashes in Lincolnshire ~ Lancaster Crash Sites

A List of the Lancaster Crashes and Lancaster Crash Sites in Lincolnshire ~ Bomber County
I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the incidents involving the famous Royal Air Force Bombers and their time in the county of Lincolnshire.
It’s a work in progress and is being added to and amended constantly.
Please do take a moment to look at this article, even if you’re not one of our ‘history enthusiasts’ it’s very important - thank you

Before I say anything else I must say something personal.
This is probably the most sobering article I have ever written and researched. Whilst long being mindful of the sacrifices and debt I believe we owe to all those who served their country it was the enormity of this task that helped give me an even greater insight.
The sheer number losses is simply dreadful, completely unimaginable suffering has been endured and the absolute terror those incredibly brave men must have endured is simply beyond the comprehension of the likes of me

We Must Never Forget

As you’ll see below the list is very long, with still more to add I believe. Please remember as well it contains only those aircraft which actually crashed in Lincolnshire itself, not those who flew out of the many airfield in Lincolnshire and were lost over Europe and n the sea, nor indeed those lost in other counties in Britain.

A Note on Loss of Life
This is an area I feel exceptionally respectful and mindful of, I thought long and hard about how to deal with those who lost their lives.
I did consider not including any of the RAF personnel, please also remember those from Canada, Australia and Poland amongst others, lest I cause offence to the memory of those I may be unable to trace or may miss from the list.
In the end I’ve decided to honour those men when I find them through my research, after their names there appears †
I shall, very sadly, be adding many more names to the list and my apologies to any of the families out there whose relatives are not yet listed - please believe me when I say it is not for the want of trying or lack of respect.

Here is the list and there’s further information after it

Lest We Forget

Date 1942 Location Squadron Notes & Information

Feb 7

Skellingthorpe 44 L7542. Crashed on landing, pilot misread wind direction

Feb 20

Waddington 44 L7358, over ran the runway on landing, no casualties I believe
I’m told this serial number is incorrect
“although Sid Finn gave L7358, there was no such serial used - it fell within
a security block for Avro Manchester aircraft”

March 20

Nr Freiston 97 L7570. Airborne mine laying mission, bad visibility, plane wing
clipped a house. All crew survived

March 28

Bracebridge 207 R5501. Hit another plane whilst performing unauthorized manoeuvres.
All crew sadly lost I believe

April 23

Coningsby 44 L7531. Date confusion with this one, DFinn calls for date given
others suggest March 24. A narrow miss for the aircrew as the plane lost
control just after take off and crashed near the bomb dump !

April 30

Nr Wragby 97 R5541. F/Sgt Altree pilot, crew escaped with minor injuries

May 20

Waddington 44 L7581. Pilot W/O E.W. Wright, wing failed on take off whilst being air tested

June 6

Waddington 44 R5515. Another runway overrun, this time in the dark after night
flying exercises. No losses

June 28

Nr Boston    

July 10

Waddington 83 L7568. Pilot Flt/Sgt W.H. Day. Overshot runway during night flying exercise

July 21

Coningsby 106 R5576. Crashed on take off

Aug 12

Waddington 44 R5732. Pilot aborted flight and returned to base, made a crash
landing due to engine problems, all crew safe

Aug 13

Swinderby 50 L7534. Incident during landing

Aug 16

Nr Waddington 44 R5489. Came down at Branston, nr Lincoln, after test flight. Sadly 2
men were killed.
Sgt J.Fletcher †
Sgt D.Pullinger RNZAF †

Sept 19

Nr Thurlby 50 R5689. A lot of pictures of this particular aircraft for some
reason. Crashed due to engine failure, 1 fatality.
Sgt J.R.Gibbons RCAF †

Oct 5

Langar 106 W4102. Little or no info, I’m presuming a minor incident as I
believe the plane returned to service only to be lost in 1944 with all
crew over Oxford

Oct 31

Woodhall Spa 97 W4239. Landing incident, no crew reported lost

Nov 7 / 8

Waddington 9 Lancaster R5916 collided with Lancaster W4265 whilst returning to base at night over the aerodrome.
It is believed there was a head-on collision at an estimated 1,500 feet, both planes were destroyed and there were no survivors

Sergeant H.R. Willacy †
Sergeant K.T.J. Adams †
Sergeant D.J. Wicks †
F/O K Mackenzie RCAF DFC †
A.R. Billinton †
Sergeant D.J. Wicks †
J.J. Taafe †

Sergeant D DLow †
D.L.Grimes †
A.J.McDonald Canadian †
Sergeant J.W.Bowes †
N.Curd †
Sgt R G Anthony †
Sergeant R C Perchard †

Nov 14

Nr Brattleby 97 R5569. Poor weather attributed to landing difficulties, only
Sergeant K.V.G.Collings survived the incident
K.P.Mercer RCAF †
G.G.Plimmer †
J.W.Marshall †
F.Mayes †
A.E.shelson RCAF †
A.E.Trott †

Nov 17

Skellingthorpe 50 R5783
This plane crashed in 1941 as well, details:
All crew survived
Wheel jammed on return and fuel shortage caused crash landing on coast marshland at Friskney, Lincs.

Nov 25

Nr Easton 207 R5694. Returning from Bad Zwishenahn

Dec 10

Swinderby 61 W4168

Dec 10

Woodhall Spa 57 W4250. 4 of the 7 man crew perished including Pilot Officer

A. J. McLaughlin - Royal Canadian Air Force †

Dec 11

Skellingthorpe 50 W4117

Dec 20

Bracebridge Heath 9 W4182. Collided with Lancaster W4259 all lives tragically lost:
W4182 Crew
Sergeant Leslie Charles Hazell aged 32 †
Sergeant Edward Arthur Gardiner aged 23 †
Sergeant William Thomas Miller aged 33 †
Sergeant Hubert Thomas Tatley aged 30 †
Sergeant Charles Harry Sidney Brooks aged 27 †
Sergeant Emrys Frederick Sharples aged 27 †
Sergeant Eric Wilson Walker aged 32 †

W4259 Crew:
Flight Sergeant Anthony Charles Elger †
Sergeant George Donald McCready aged 21 †
Pilot Officer Vincent Noel Giri †
Sergeant Alan James Easton aged 20 †
Sergeant Richard Ivor Gunter †
Sergeant Colin Harmston aged 20 †
Sergeant Edward Jackson aged 20 †

Dec 28

Woodhall Spa 97 R5548

 

Date 1943 Location Squadron Notes & Information

Jan 4

? ? Scampton

Jan 19

? ? Scampton

Jan 26

Freiston 615 W4830. Shot down by anti-aircraft guns, ‘friendly fire’

Jan 28

    Barkston Heath

Jan 29

? ? ?

Jan 30

Reepham 49 ED428. First of the Lancaster IIIs

Feb 1

Coningsby 44 L7531. Wing failed on take off. All crew survived

Feb 4

Scopwick 9 ED496

Feb 12

Sturton by Stow 1660 HCU R5676. Broke up in flight with all men killed
F/O. S R. Jones †
Sgt. W T. Raeside †
F/O. F M. Krish †
F/O. S. Hoy †
Sgt. J. Westwood †
F/S. G W. Kennedy RCAF †
Sgt. T H. Jackson †
LAC. E R. Redfern †
 

Feb 13

Nr Wragby 12 W4836

Feb 27

Elsham Wolds 103 W4857

Mar 2

Nr Scampton 57 R5894

Mar 14

Scampton 57 W4201. Shot up by German fighter over coast of Denmark, managed to
get home but crash landed. All men survived.

Mar 15

Scampton   Four lost due to bomb exploding. W41412, W4196, W4823 and W4834
See this update for this entry

Mar 23

Waddington 44 W4106

Mar 30

Coningsby 97 W4175

May 3

Swinderby 1660 HCU R5758

May 18

Swinderby 1660 HCU R5917

May 21

Nr Bardney 9 ED489

June 7

Scampton 617 EE145

June 11

Lincoln 50  

June 16

East Wolds 460 W5007. Hit by AA flak, possibly ‘friendly fire’, crashed trying to
land, whole crew KIA
Sgt S.J.Straith †
Sgt R.T.Harman †
Sgt J.c.Plummer RAAF †
Sgt L.M.McDonnell RAAF †
Sgt D.S.Gent †
Sgt W.Brodie RCAF †
Sgt N.O.B.Flitcroft RAAF †

June 17

Nr Dunholme Lodge 50 W4932. Lost during night time bombing exercise. All men sadly died,
average age 21 !
Sgt J.E.Hill †
Sgt R.D.Landers †
Sgt N.G.Smith RCAF †
Sgt D.H.Nicholls †
Sgt W.N.Lancaster

Sgt J.W.Feagan RCAF †
Sgt T.J.Shields RCAF †

June 18

Scredington 83 ED439

June 18

Apley 12 W4374

July 3

Binbrook 460 R5745. Accident whilst grounded

Aug 3

Scampton 57 LM322. Came down shortly after take off. No loss of life

Aug 7

Bardney 9 W4133. Came down during night exercise, all crew lost.

Aug 16

Scampton 57 JA896. Accident during landing, flight crew killed

Aug 23

Elsham Wolds 103 W4323. Bombs dropped whilst still on ground !!

Aug 30

Coningsby 97 W4175.
Flying Officer P.H.Norton †
Sergeant J.A.Peel †
Flying Officer G.C.W.Francis †
Sergeant W.Standring †
Sergeant R.Frank
RCAF †
F/S F.R.Birtwistle †
Sergeant W.H.Whiting †

Aug 31

Laughton 1662 CU W3114

Sept 23

Driby 57 W4948. Shot down !!

Sept 26

Swinderby 1660 CU W4937. Incident during landing

Sept 28

Nr Caistor 166 ED875. Came down on crashed on Cain Hill south of Caistor. All men
lost.
W/O CJW Boone †
Sgt R.Davis †
Sgt DL Dick †
Sgt JP Nyland †
Sgt EA Pack†
Sgt G.R.Smith (RCAF) †
Sgt T Warhurst †

Sept 29

Nr Mablethorpe 619 ED983. 5 men lost their lives, 2 injured when it crashed in low
cloud on Cadwell Hill returning from Bochum

Sept 30

Faldingworth 1667 HCU R5685

Oct 4

North Thoresby 100 Sqn ED583. All crew lost on test flight
Full story and memorial here

Oct 4

Swinderby ? ?

Oct 5

Swinderby ? ?

Oct 23

Nr Louth 100 JB148. 2 men killed and 5 injured when the plane hit Harrison Top
near North Elkington

Nov 10

Dunholme Lodge 1660 CU ED812. All men tragically killed
P/O. S G. Scutt †
Sgt. C W H. Baughen †
Sgt. I C. Brough †
F/O. J K. Paterson †
Sgt. F D. Grant †
Sgt. W. Halliwell †
Sgt. E W. Plowman †
AC1. N. Wade †

Nov 11

Hackthorne 1654 CU W4902. I’ve got conflicting reports on this one, one states it was
lost on the 31th May. Finn calls for the date used here though

Nov 16

Cammeringham 432 DS847. Sketchy details but possibly most of the crew bailed out
Pilot Flt/Sgt. Raymond Charles Burgess
Flt/Sgt. Jim Bell, RCAF
Flt/Sgt William James Mayo
Sgt. Kenneth Charles Simmonds
Wop/AG Flt/Sgt. Jock Calderwood
Flt/Sgt. Paul Power, RCAF
Flt/Sgt. Andy Haggins, RCAF

Nov 17

Near RAF Kirmington 9 ED422. An 7 man crew, only 2 survived, Sgt C. Cushing and F/L D.E. Walker were injured but survived, after Lancaster crashed into trees near the airfield.
W/O. E Merralls DFM aged 20 †
F/O Harold Mitchell aged 20 †
F/O John Douglas Maddex aged 21 †
Sgt. D. G. B. Day aged unknown †
Sgt. P. G. Edyvean-Walker aged 19 †

Nov 23

Gayton le Wold 9 ED656. An 8 man crew, only 2 survived, possible instrument failure
blamed for accident

Nov 24

Kelstern 460 JB647.
J Stuart †
E Bailey †

Nov 26

Waddington ? ?

Nov 26

Waltham 100 LM362. Undershot the runway, thankfully no casualties

Nov 27

Nr Lincoln 408 DS712. Damaged by flak during bombing raid, managed to get back but
engine failure caused the order to abandon but the escape hatch failed
and the pilot was forced to perform a crash landing at a sewage plant
near Fiskerton

Nov 27

North Thoresby 103 ED417. Collided with a Halifax, JN966

Dec 5

Binbrook 101 DV270. Entire crew lost when it came down near the Hall at Binbrook,
there is a memorial here at Scallows Hall Woods but I believe it’s
private property
Pilot:
F/O. Francis Edward Oliver 124860 †
Fl/ Eng: Sgt. Albert Douglas Wells 1604505 †
Nav: F/O. William Reid 135673 †
Air/Bmr: Sgt. John Winton Anderson 1585397 †
Air/Bmr 2: Sgt. Raymond Spierling 1424787 †
W/Op/Air/Sgt. Stanley George Burton 1335190 †
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Robert Stanley Bradbury 1621894 †

Dec 16

Market Stainton 460 JB657
Our thanks to Christine for information
See this Comment

Dec 16

Elsham Wolds 103-507 Lancaster IIIs JB670 & LM332 collided

Dec 16

Nr Barton Humber 166 JB639. Crashed returning from a bombing raid on Berlin in Germany.
All men lost.
F/S AE Brown †
Sgt WN Griffin †
Sgt DW Inglis †
Sgt LD Perry †
Sgt EV Smith †
Sgt CG Thompson †
Sgt HA Williams †

Dec 17

Nr Caistor 166 LM385 (Information courtesy History Hunter)
Sgt BW Haney (RCAF) †
Sgt HGA Hine †
Sgt WWJ Allen (RCAF) †
Sgt HE Miles †
Sgt SF Miller†
F/S JH Murphy (RAAF) †
Sgt T Rudden. †
(details on CWGC for all the crew list the date of death as 16th
December, and also another report says the crash happened at 2359 that
night)
 

Dec 17

Nr Bourne 97 JB176.
 

Dec 17

Bourne 97 JB119

Dec 17

Gayton le Wold 625 ED951

Dec 17

Waithe 100 JB674 and JB678 collided

Dec 24

Nr Fulstow 100 & 550 ED730 and ND327 collided
See comment 1 below for crash report
Sgt H.F.J.Woods †
Sgt D.G.Davies †
Sgt M.Giles †
F/S J.R.E.Legere RCAF †
Sgt L.F.Wright †
Sgt J.C.Atherton RCAF †
Sgt J.McConnell †

F/S W.R.Cooper †
Sgt G.W.Claydon †
Sgt A.R.Laurence †
Sgt G.W.Guest RCAF †
Sgt R.W.Theobald †
Sgt J.R.Jordan RCAF †
Sgt J.Rawson KIA †

 

Date 1944 Location Squadron Notes & Information

Jan 1

Binbrook 460 JB378

Jan 7

Belvoir Castle 9 ?

Jan 13

The Wash 155 ED826. Possibly lost on training flight

Jan 22

Caistor 460 ND366. Lost two engines returning from a bombing raid crash landed in a field at Whitegate Hill, remarkably
all men escaped, one man broke a leg

Feb2

Elsham Wolds 1656 CU W4132. This one is proving mysterious

Feb 12

Nr East Kirkby 50 W4119. 4 men lost their lives as fire broke out inside. Order to
bail out was given but before all could escape there was a critical wing
failure and the plane spun into the ground

Feb 16

Old Bolingbroke 630 ED655. No fatalities, crashed due to visibility and  landing
issues

Feb 20

Elsham Wolds 103 JB530 collided with ND334

Feb 21

North Witham 460 ND419. Lost during blizzard weather condition, collided with trees,
all men lost

Feb 24

Kirmington 166 & 460 ME641 collided with JB547. (Extra information supplied by History
Hunter) 5 crew killed. Sgt J Oldfield survived, but died 3 months later
while serving with 12 Squadron. Sgt TL Connolly (RCAF) was injured in
the crash and died of injuries the following day.
GA Andrews (RCAF) †
RJ Barton (RCAF) †
AH Hullah †
WP Martin †
Sgt AJ Wolfe †

Feb 26

Spilsby 207 W4815

Mar 16

Branston 463 & 625 ED606 collided with ND637

Mar 27

Elsham Wolds 103 ND402

Mar 28

Nr Horsington 9 LM432

Mar 30

Skellingthorpe 50 W4933

Apr 7

Nr Binbrook 460 ME727. Crashed in Scallows Wood all 7 men were killed, 4 were from
the Royal Australian Air Force

Apr 8

Nr Caistor 1 LFS R5672. All on board were killed, some were ground crew suggesting a
‘test flight’ the pilot had a Distinguished Service Order ( DSO ) and a
DFC !
Wing Commander EFK Campling DSO DFC †

Apr 10

Kelstern 625 ND407

Apr 22

Off Donna Nook 550 LL834

Apr 25

East Kirkby 630 JB556

May 6

Nr Sturgate 1 LFS W4793. Minor accident, all crew escaped safely

May 16

Sturgate 1 LFS W4965. Came down at Laburnam Farm.

May 22

In the Wash 574 DS633

May 23

Faldingworth 300 LL857

May 23

Nr Revesby 97 & 57 ND415 collided with LL967

May 25

New Barnetby 166 JB142, conflicting details

June 2

Waddington 467 ED953. Tyre blew out during landing

June 7

Woodhall Spa 617 EE146. No injuries and aeroplane continued in service after repairs

June 7

Ludford Magna 101 LL773, this may in fact have crash landed at an airfield in Suffolk
due to flak damage, so perhaps should not be on list ?

June 21

Aylesby 100 Questionable date see July 21

June 23

Nr Coningsby 97 ME625 collided with ND981

July 4

North Killingholme 550 LM229. Lancaster crashed after take off, no fatal wounds

July 6

Nr Faldingworth 12 ND799. Aircraft damaged during bombing raid on France, actually hit
by bombs dropped from another Lancaster. Plane damaged but flyable, F/L
Gray heroically got the plane back to Lincolnshire but plane too badly
damaged to land safely and without loss of life

July 21

Nr Laceby 100 ND413. Crashed at Aylesby, 4 men lost their lives retuning home to
RAF Grimsby from a bombing raid on Normandy on that cloudy day
D.G.Mills †
R.G.Crabb †
R.G.Amory †
L.Fisher †

July 22

Woodhall Spa 617 ED936

July 30

In Wash 57 LM284. A brand new Lancaster being tested on delivery. All crew lost

Aug 27

Nr Killingholme 550 W5005. Came down in the River Humber somewhere near Killingholme
Haven, no losses I believe

Aug 28

Hemswell 1 LFS W4790

Sept 25

Hemswell 1 LFS R5866

Oct 10

? 426 DS763. This one is proving to be a mystery

Oct 12

Wootton 166 PD227 (Extra information supplied by History Hunter)
You may notice that there are 10 crew on this training flight as onboard
there were 5 ‘guest’ Air Gunners who were doing affiliation training. In
the August of 1944 this Lancaster actually had a mid-air collision with
another Lancaster from the same squadron, but managed to land safely
with no losses.

Sgt GW Cundick †
Sgt J Derbyshire (RCAF) †
Sgt J Fletcher †
Sgt H Lewis †
P/O LW McChesnie (RCAF) †
Sgt GR McWhirter (RCAF) †
Sgt CS Offord †
F/S DJ Rodgers (RCAF) †
F/O JR Stoneman (RCAF) †
F/S AR Williamson †

Oct 12

Skellingthorpe 61 ?

Oct 14

Little Grimsby 625 LL956. Took off from Kelstern then crashed near Louth at ‘Bradley’s
Farm’, 2 men lost.
L.A.Hannah †
L.D.Bennett †
Both Royal Canadian Air Force
See this comment for more
See this as well

Oct 14

Off Skegness 12 ME778

Oct 20

nr Market Rasen 626 PA993

Nov 1

Spilsby 207 PD290

Nov 4

Nr Croxby 166 NF986. Plane and crew listed as
‘Lost without trace’ ?

Nov 11

Fiskerton 61 LM630

Nov 12

Nr Wragby 626 PD314

Nov 14

Off Skegness 83 PB702

Nov 23

River Humber 630 LL949. Came down near ‘Sunk Island’ in the River Humber. 6 men
tragically died one injured

Nov 26

Doddington 49 PB432

Dec 4

Brocklesby Park 166 LM176. Crashed at Brocklesby Park preparing to land. All crew lost,
6 of the 7 were RCAF
F/S WR Darling (RCAF) †
F/S CA Fowler (RCAF) †
F/O SR Hanna (RCAF) †
P/O DS Howard (RCAF) †
F/O CW Macklaier (RCAF) †
Sgt P Morris †
WO2 WP Wynnyk (RCAF) †

Dec 7

Langtoft 1651 HCU PB479

Dec 11

Nr Upton 1651 CU NG270

Dec 12

Nr Blyton 156 W4849

Dec 12

East Kirkby 1668 CU JA908

Dec 15

Holbeach 12 PD201. Brought down by fire entire 7 man crew perished

Dec 17

? 97 JB119

Dec 17

Nr Bourne 97 JB176

Dec 22

Nr Waddington 463 PB688. Came down about 1 mile from the airfield in dreadful weather,
only one survivor

Dec 22

Metheringham 83 PB533

Dec 22

Wickenby 626 NG244. Returning from Koblenz technical problems caused the plane to
crash and explode on landing.
Leslie Hatcher DFC AFM †
Flight Sergeant H J Naldrett †
A.G.Mace †
F.E.Gurden †
W.T.Stapleton †
P.L.Waldon †
P.Radley †

Dec 22

Winceby 630 NG258. Crashed at Scanfield Farm, all but one lost

Dec 22

Tealby 617 ME561. Wing clipped the ground on approach to Ludford airbase in
foggy weather

 

Date 1945 Location Squadron Notes & Information

Jan 1

Bardney 9 PD368. Crash shortly after take-off all survived

Jan 1

Skellingthorpe 50 NG127. All men survived following a crash on take-off, due to go on
bombing raid on an important waterway in Germany

Jan 1

Bardney 9 NG252. Came down almost as soon as airborne, only one man survived

Jan 2

Bardney 150 & 153 NG421 collided with PB515

Jan 4

Ludford Magna 101 NF924, Crash-landing, no crew details

Jan 8

East Kirkby 630 PD317. Emergency landing soon after take-off due to engine failure,
bomb payload jettisoned but on landing but 2 men lost their lives
A Hobson †
D.A. Holloway †

Jan 14

Ludford Magna 460 ND822. Crashed near Ludford Magna airfield, 6 men killed

Jan 15

Westborough 1668 CU LM619. Another runway overshoot, this time after night-time bombing
practice, 6 men killed.
I.V.L. Thompson RAAF †
J. Rawlinson †
J.G. Hazelden †
C.B.C. Mann †
A.B. Thomas RAAF †
D.G. Burn †

Jan 15

Hemswell 300 PA160. Crashed near Goltho Hall whilst preparing to land returning
from a bombing raid on Germany. 1 seiously injured airman but no
fatalities

Feb 8

Bottesford 1668 CU JA684. Crashed on landing, some crew injured but no loss of life,
thankfully.

Feb 9

Coningsby 83 PB478. Damaged in an explosion whilst bombs were being loaded onto
another Lancaster NG453

Feb 9

 Coningsby 83 NG453, see above

Feb 10

Caythorpe 83 PB812, took off from RAF Binbrook on training flight, on return journey it crashed near the Railyway Station at Caythorpe
All 6 crew were killed
RAG Miller RAAF †
FAC Nesbit-Bell RAF †
RL Pope RAAF †
JJ Downing RAAF †
FM Dockery RAAF †
AG Robinson †

Feb 23

Caythorpe ? ? No information found on this one at all

Feb 24

Skellingthorpe 61 RF137. Blew up whilst on the ground and beyond repair

Feb 26

Nr Market Rasen 12 PB243

Mar 2

Ruskington Fen 57 & 207 ND572 collided with ME473

Mar 2

Swinderby 1660 CU NN809. Tyre blew out during landing no losses or injured airmen
reported

Mar 4

Brocklesby Park 44 ME442. See Crash Site

Mar 4

? 1651 HCU  

Mar 5

Friskney ? ?

Mar 10

Fiskerton 156 JB228. Accident on landing, 8 man Royal Air Force crew, 2 injured

Mar 11

Blankney 463 LM130. Nicknamed ‘Nick the Nazi Neutralizer’
All crew lost when it collided with a Hurricane fighter during night.
N.H. Orchard RAAF †
R.F. Neale †
D.A. Charles †
H. Rollins †
W.F.H. Elcome †
B.J. Patch †
H. Shaw †
See More Here

Mar 16

Blyton 1662 CU HK749. Instructor demonstrator error, all RAF men survived

Mar 16

Off Skegness 44 ND689. This one is a puzzle, Entered here as per Finn yet research shows it crashed in a swamp in northern France 19/20 May. So is the March 16 incident an error or something minor and the crash near Amiens a subsequent event ?

Mar 19

Nr Kelstern 460 PB155. All men killed when it went down in poor visibility whilst approaching the airfield at Kelstern. 6 of the 7 man crew were Royal Australian Air Force
G.S.Browne RAAF †
J.N.David KIA, †
L.W.Grant RAAF †
G.T.McBryde RAAF †
 J.Stacey RAAF †
 A.E.Moss RAAF †
 R.C.Schodde RAAF †

Mar 20

Stickney 57 RA530. A single bolt in the big end assembly caused an engine to catch fire straight after take-off. The plane crashed into a house, no civillians injured but the following crew were lost.
Charles Alan Cobern †
William Frederick Calderbank †
Kenneth Cromwell Ashun †
Alan Ramsbottom †
Bomb Aimer-1577517 Flight Sergeant William Stacey Searby subsequently passed away from wounds received 1st of April 1945 †

Mar 22

Nr Kirmington 166 PD384. Lancaster crewed by the following men who all survived. Sgt
Bell, Sgt Downes, Sgt Ford, Sgt Isles, F/Lt Mason, Sgt Reeve, Sgt Todd.
All survived

Mar 24

Woolfox Lodge 1651 CU PB871

Mar 25

Nr Sleaford 463 NG439

Apr 2

Fiskerton 149 HK655

Apr 5

Rothwell Top 460 RF196

Apr 5

Barnetby 166 LM289.
Sgt DJ Barlow †
F/S RJM Bell (RNZAF) †
Sgt KH Butcher †
Sgt AGS Laidlaw †
Sgt A Nicholson †

F/O RA Ayton (RNZAF) and Sgt J Benson both injured but survived.

Apr 5

Crowle 1667 HCU ND639. Came down at Crowle after 5 hours of flying, I’ve not found
an official reason why, the entire crew, all but one Australian,
perished.
J.E. Grayson RAAF †
S.J. Crawhall †
M.B. Kilsby RAAF †
E.J. Castor RAAF †
W.S.Bennett RAAF †
T. Evans RAAF †
D.L. Hayes RAAF †

Apr 6

Waddington 50 NG271. Details here are currently eluding my research but 4 men were
killed in this incident, the pilot not listed among them.
L.A. Cooke †
R.W. Faulks RAAF †
A. Card †
J.C. Hughes RAAF †

Apr 15

Owston Ferry 1667 HCU PB565

Apr 16

Metheringham 106 NG414 See this comment
Also this comment

Apr 19

Off Skegness 49 ME357

Apr 20

Calypole 1660 CU HK958

Apr 22

Fulbeck 49 PB463

May 8

Fiskerton 576 NN806. Due to be dropping food parcels in Holland, minor incident no
fatalities

May 10

Woolfox Lodge 1651 HCU ED631. Electrical issue, all crew safe

May 11

Coningsby 83 Sqdn PB438. Crash landed but crew survived

May 16

Sturgate ? ?

May 18

Bottesford 1668 HCU HK739. Crashed into hedge on take off - no loss of life

May 21

Off Donna Nook 100 LL952. All crew killed !
M.P. Jones RAF†
Sgt I.J. Calverley †
MA. Chalmers RAAF †
J.W. Montague †
Gibson RAF †
P. Gapper †
F.A. Padmore †

June 19

Nr Sandtof 1667 HCU JB306. Came down near airfield after double engine failure

June 20

Nr Swinderby 1660 HCU NN808. 7 men lost

July 1

Hemswell 150 Sqn NX583. Two airmen lost their lives and also on e man on the ground

July 13

Coningsby 97 PB422. Plane hit trees after engine fire - 4 men tragically lost
their lives

July 14

Nr Kirton Lindsey 460 NG404. 3 men died after Lancaster I caught fire

July 30

Nr Kirmington 166 Sqn PA236. Crashed at Barnetby Wold Farm.
6 men killed in action
F/O G.L. Willis  †
St J.J. Pattison †
F/S J.A.Allen †
F/O L. Roche †
Sgt H.G. Russell †
Sgt C.F.M. Saunders †

Dec 22

Metheringham 83 Sqn PB533. In fog on low fuel.
7 men killed
Mervyn Ingmire survived despite terrible injuries
Squadron Leader Leslie Hatcher DFC AFM †
H J Naldrett †
A J Booker DFC †
E Marron †
R F Goodman †
C Summerscales DFC †
F J Bell †

© Rod Collins 2011. This list layout is copyrighted but do feel free to link to the page and share it with others - thank you

Notes on Comments
As mentioned there’s still a great deal to add to this list. I would also hope that people would comment on it and perhaps add further information.
Please do feel free to leave a comment if you know of anything related to any Lancaster crashes in Lincolnshire.

There are undoubtedly still some incidents to add as well as many more men who were Killed in Action to be included.
Please note that there can be some confusion as in some cases the planes were repaired and returned to service, only to crash again later elsewhere, list list covers on those that actually came down n Lincolnshire.

I hope this list has proved to be of interest to all those with an interest in the wartime history of Lincolnshire and the RAF.
I would also humbly hope that it provides an insight for those new to the subject and demonstrates the enormity of events that enabled us to live our lives as we do today.

I would say again, please don’t forget.

Very humbly yours,
Rod
[Latest edit 08.12.12]

156 Comments

  1. Rod said,

    September 18, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    Below you’ll see two copies of original Lancaster crash reports.
    I’m very much indebted to Dave Thornes who very knidly emailed them to me.

    Attached are copies of a crash report of a mid air collision over Fulstow on Christmas Eve 1943 between two Lancs setting out as part of a bombing mission, crewed I believe, by Canadians. No survivors.

    A World War II Lancaster Bomber Crash Report

    Paperwork for a WWII Lancaster crash site

  2. History Hunter said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 12:36 am

    September 28 1943 - ED875 - W/O CJW Boone, Sgt R.Davis, Sgt DL Dick, Sgt JP Nyland, Sgt EA Pack, Sgt G.R.Smith (RCAF), Sgt T Warhurst. All crew killed.

    ——–

    December 17 1943 - LM385 - Sgt BW Haney (RCAF), Sgt HGA Hine, Sgt WWJ Allen (RCAF), Sgt HE Miles,
    Sgt SF Miller, F/S JH Murphy (RAAF), Sgt T Rudden. All crew killed.
    (details on CWGC for all the crew list the date of death as 16th December, and also another report says the crash happened at 2359 that night)

    ——–

    December 16th 1943 - JB639 - F/S AE Brown, Sgt WN Griffin, Sgt DW Inglis, Sgt LD Perry, Sgt EV Smith,
    Sgt CG Thompson, Sgt HA Williams. All crew killed.

    ——–

    February 24th 1944 - ME641 - WO2 GA Andrews (RCAF), F/O RJ Barton (RCAF), P/O AH Hullah, Sgt WP Martin, Sgt AJ Wolfe. 5 crew killed. Sgt J Oldfield survived, but died 3 months later while serving with 12 Squadron. Sgt TL Connolly (RCAF) was injured in the crash and died of injuries the follwing day.

    ——–

    October 12 1944 - PD227 - Sgt GW Cundick, Sgt J Derbyshire (RCAF), Sgt J Fletcher, Sgt H Lewis,P/O LW McChesnie (RCAF), Sgt GR McWhirter (RCAF), Sgt CS Offord, F/S DJ Rodgers (RCAF), F/O JR Stoneman (RCAF),
    F/S AR Williamson. All crew killed.
    You may notice that there are 10 crew on this training flight as onboard there were 5 ‘guest’ Air Gunners who were doing affiliation training. In the August of 1944 this Lancaster actually had a mid-air collision with another Lancaster from the same squadron, but managed to land safely with no losses.

    ——–

    December 4 1944 - LM176 - F/S WR Darling (RCAF), F/S CA Fowler (RCAF), F/O SR Hanna (RCAF), P/O DS Howard (RCAF), F/O CW Macklaier (RCAF), Sgt P Morris, WO2 WP Wynnyk (RCAF). All crew killed

    ——–

    March 22 1945 - PD384 - Sgt Bell, Sgt Downes, Sgt Ford, Sgt Isles, F/Lt Mason, Sgt Reeve, Sgt Todd. All survived.

    ——–

    April 5 1945 - LM289 - Sgt DJ Barlow, F/S RJM Bell (RNZAF), Sgt KH Butcher, Sgt AGS Laidlaw, Sgt A Nicholson all killed. F/O RA Ayton (RNZAF) and Sgt J Benson both injured but survived.

    Hope these help in some way.

  3. minnie said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 1:11 am

    Just wanted to say thank you for this - I have always felt that it is so important to remember those that have passed, some of them far away from their homeland.
    The Beesby wood crash site I mentioned on the other thread, the date and nationality corresponds to April 7 1944 Scallows Wood - so there is little wonder I never found it at the time, I wasnt even in the right place.At least now I know why.
    The Ludford Magna Lancaster I mentioned which does have (had) a very discrete stone marker in the area corresponds to January 14 1945 ND822, I may have more information on this aircraft and crew. I will check when I get chance tomorrow.

  4. Rod said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 6:59 am

    Does anybody know anything about a possible crash at or near Yarborough Road in Grimsby ?

  5. stan said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    Hello Rod. Must say your doing a fine job here and i,m sure it will be much appreciated by a lot of people.
    Stan

  6. Rod said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Stan,
    many thanks, I hope so.
    It’s just a beginning really, I’m about to do more on it now in fact
    Regards,
    Rod

  7. Rod said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    HH,
    your contributions added to the list, many thanks indeed.
    Regards
    Rod

  8. Rod said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    Further additions, expanded information or corrections most welcome from all.
    Please nothing copied and pasted directly from other sites or links though - thank you

  9. JezB said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    Don’t forget the memorial garden and plaque at North Thoresby dedicated to ED583 that crashed onto the village on October 4th, 1943 during a test flight from RAF Grimsby (Waltham)
    Jez

  10. graham h said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    Rod,

    I think you have done an amazing job to get this far and as I have said to you it makes very interesting reading It is very humbling though when you see the number of planes lost and the amount of lives that would have been lost with them. Please remember my offer in my email it still stands and you only have to ask.

    Regards.
    Graham

  11. d.j.d.bolton said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    I lived on the coast of Lincs pre-war where just about every day we saw planes practicing air-gunnery and bombing on the beaches between saltfleet and north somercotes.There were some crashes,a 2 seater? towing a drough? crashed whilst pulling in the drough.I was about 8 when I saw this plane go down,no survivers.Another crash I remember was a Handley Page Hereford crashed into the sandhills bordering the beach at North Cote,sadly no survivers. some or all of the crew were buried in the local churchyard,the headstone being made from one of the planes propellers.

  12. Rod said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

    Jez,
    many thanks, always appreciated
    Best
    Rod

  13. Rod said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    DJD,
    thanks for taking the time to both share that and get it on record, realy appreciated and a warm welcome to the site
    All the best
    Rod

  14. Rod said,

    September 19, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

    Graham,
    many thanks indeed, I’ve a lot more to do in terms of detail though the majority of crashes are now listed.
    Thanks again for the continued support Graham
    Regards
    Rod

  15. panda said,

    September 22, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    I don’t know how true it is, but as kids we always believed that a lancaster had crashed in Aylesby, in the field just behind the Church! There does seem to be a big divot in the ground there, but then again we were kids!!! I can’t get the co-ordinates for it at this time, but you can easily see it on google maps etc

    In the reading I’ve done, I’ve only ever seen one mention of a crash in Aylesby, and from your list there are 2, each exactly one month after the other, could this be incorrect?

    Great work by the way!!!

    P

  16. Rod said,

    September 22, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    Panda,
    I should very much like to pin down the exact spot of the crash at Aylesby.
    I suspect the two entries June 21 1955 and July 21 1944 are one and the same. I have found both dates mentioned in reliable sources, the first one vague in detail hence the dubious one, I’ve included it just in case . . .
    Cheers
    Rod

  17. Chris Keyworth said,

    September 22, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    Ive detected this feild in this very area there is no trace of anything there that i could saftley say would push me to believe it to be a crash site the hollow in the field i would say is an old pond, Sorry to be dismisive Panda but i think this one is an old wives tail…
    regards
    chris

  18. History Hunter said,

    September 23, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    Chris, I concur. The hollow looks far too circular and regular for it to be a crash site, but then again if a Lanc did crash there and the Air Ministry decided that it should be recovered then maybe the ‘hole’ that was dug around the wreckage was regular.

  19. panda said,

    September 23, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

    I agree with both of you, more of a childhood fantasy.

    Ill have to ask some of my eldery relatives if they recall any crashes in or around Aylesby. Ill get back if I hear anything!

  20. minnie said,

    September 23, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    Not wanting to confuse matters but a Lockheed Lightning out of Goxhill ‘bought the farm’ in the Aylesby /Willows vicinity - just wondered if that could account for one of the two dates.

  21. minnie said,

    September 24, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    sorry wrong date - have just checked, P-38 lightning 5.7.44 0.5 miles south of Great Coates pilot Arthur E Miner KIA

  22. Al said,

    September 25, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Great work Rod,

    Thanks for sharing this, it’s so important that this information is recorded. I’m looking into crashes in the Alkborough area - it’s very sobering when you start to realise just how many air crashes there were around these parts.
    1667 HCU aircraft crop up with depressing regularity here.

    best wishes
    Al

  23. Rod said,

    September 25, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    Al,
    thank you very much, it’s all on-going - I’m adding to it almost every day.
    Regards
    Rod

  24. Hamish said,

    September 25, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    Great site Rod, an advertisement-free oasis…

    I’m sure the field researchers are already aware, but all military crash sites are defined as Protected Places under the Military Remains Act of 1986. This applies whether lives were lost or not. It is an offence to remove anything from such a site, or excavate without a licence. There is a wikipedia page that explains it well.

    If anyone locates a site, the best thing to do would be to inform the RAF/MOD.

  25. Rod said,

    September 26, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    Hamish,
    many thanks for the comment and welcome to the site.
    A good point well made Hamish.
    Regards
    Rod

  26. Dave said,

    November 27, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Hi,

    this is a great site and very informative. With regards to the crash at Ayelsby, we live on Laceby Park and one of our friends was told by Shepard Homes that the streets on the estate were named after the crew of a Lancaster that crashed here. However looking at the names you’ve provided for the Aylesby crash that isn’t true! Do you have any idea where this information from the builders might have come from?

    Also to panda, if the information about a crash here is true, it’s undoubtedly the Aylesby one and the estate is just next to the field you mention, so it’s probable the crash site is a little further over.

    Cheers

    Dave

  27. History Hunter said,

    November 27, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    Laceby Park road names are the following - Parker Close, Blyth Way, Marshall Close, Burley Close, Arnold Close and Lauridsion Close. All possible names except the last one.

  28. panda said,

    November 29, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    Incidentally, in the woods next to the possible crash site nr Cottagers Plot there is an old concrete air raid shelter which we used to mess around in as kids. Its private property now though (and was then!) so its a no go area!

  29. Rod said,

    November 29, 2011 @ 5:28 pm

    Panda,
    many thanks indeed, really appreciated
    All the best
    Rod

  30. peter lloyd said,

    December 4, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    came across your site it is very interesting especially because one of my great relatives went down in lancaster jb678 f
    after crashing into another jb674 at Binbrook, on return from bombing berlin 16/17th dec 1943 loosing his life,his name was P/O R.A VAN WALWYK,IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER INFO ON THIS CRASH IT WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED.thanks peter lloyd.

  31. Rod said,

    December 5, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    Hi Peter,
    the only information I have at this very moment is above but I am still adding to this page so anything I find out will be added to the original list.
    All the best
    Rod

  32. BRIAN said,

    December 12, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    Just to throw another spanner in the works Bristol Beaufighter Mk 2f serial number T3447 of 143 Sqdn based at North Coates dived in to the ground at Aylesby on January 27th 1943 The man crew perished in the crash. I have no idea where in Aylesby the aircraft lies but based on experience the type of soil often dictates how deep an aircraft would go before coming to rest,this could be a minimum of 16 to 30 foot deep in marshy ground to 12 foot deep in soil and clay. Often in these cases what lay above the ground was cleared away and what was underground remained there so there may not be an dip or indentation in the ground of any significance.
    Trying to find a crash site over this length of time would mainly rely on small items which have been ploughed up and with a number of potential sites at have been spoken about this could be a never ending job. Local farmers are a good source and Google Earth can often detect anomolies in the ground such as a dark patch in the ground on a field that doesn’t contain any crop that may have been contaminated by oil and aviation fuel. Parish records should also have recorded some details as would Police records of the day.
    Its an interesting but often frustrating task especially if people are involved in an emotional and personal way.
    Your best bet it to contact local farmers as a first step to finding an actual site

  33. Rod said,

    December 13, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Brian,
    once again, very interesting indeed - many thanks
    All the best
    Rod

  34. Sarah said,

    December 23, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

    Hello,

    My Grandfather Morris Waterfall was killed in a plane crash, although a few years after your recorded research. He was in a Lancaster that crashed over Monson Farm, Jerusalem Skellingthorpe. The date of the crash was 15th July 1949. Sorry I am not familiar with the area so unsure if the farm still exists.

    Thanks Sarah

  35. Rod said,

    December 23, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    Sarah,
    thank you for taking the time to share this and also to get it on record - really much appreciated and a warm welcome to the site
    Regards,
    Rod

  36. Postman Pat said,

    December 23, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    Sarah,
    Monson Farm stll exists. Drive along Jerusalem rd for 1 mile going south out Skellingthorpe. it’s located on your left. (0r on your right if looking at a map.) No sign post for the farm Im afraid.

    P.P

  37. Dave said,

    December 30, 2011 @ 4:11 am

    Thanks for posting this list. My uncle was Lloyd Hannah (RCAF), the pilot of LL956 (RAF 625 squadron). He died on 14 Oct 1944, after keeping his Lancaster airborne long enough to allow the other crew members to escape (one crew member’s parachute didn’t deploy). Apparently Lloyd took off on three engines, as the inner starboard engine caught fire. His brother Harold (RCAF 405 squadron) wrote to my grandmother, describing the incident; he was mortally wounded two weeks later.

    [Edit site owner]
    See this comment for more information

  38. Rod said,

    December 30, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    Dave,
    thanks you so much for posting this, I’ve added a link in the list to your specific comment.
    Your uncle was a hero, a word easily used nowadays but Lloyd Hannah was a true hero.

    Whilst I was putting the list together it was only too apparent that when a plane was lost there was nearly always a list of 7 fatalities. LL956 was a rare example when not all the crew perished . . . and now we know why . . . an act of true heroism.

    Greater love than this no man hath
    That a man lay down his life for his friends

    Very humbly yours,
    Rod

  39. Doug Clark said,

    January 15, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

    Do you have any record of aircraft crashes at Hainton Nr Ludford Magna,? I am not sure of the dates, But I remember two, both I believe were Lancasters, one took the roof off the house that I had lived in only a few months before, the other was near Hainton Hall,
    Would appreciate any information.

    Many thanks

    Doug Clark

  40. Rod said,

    January 16, 2012 @ 6:34 am

    Hi Doug,
    everything will be in the list above, if you go through it and get dates then I can get more information, hopefully
    Regards,
    Rod

  41. Michael Christie said,

    February 6, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    Hi Rod, i have just come across your website, which is very interesting and informative. My late uncle was killed in the crash on 4th February 1943 onboard Lancaster ED496 as tail end gunner, he was still carry out his training before going operational. I have carried out a bit of research myself into this crash over the years, but have always wanted to find the exact site of the crash, as my mum told me that they tried to get the aircraft out but it sank back ito the Fens. I see it was at Scopwick, but I never been able to get the exact coordinates from the RAF Historical Branch. I am writing to them again about this.

  42. Rod said,

    February 6, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    Michael,
    thank you for the comment and the sad information, really is appreciated and welcome to the site.
    Kind regards,
    Rod

  43. Dave Hatcher said,

    February 9, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

    Hi Rod,
    I have just landed on your site as I am starting to research my Uncle, Sqn Leader Leslie Hatcher PB533, who tragically perished with most of his crew 22-12-44 at Metheringham, I would be pleased to pass on any information that I am able to find as I see that you don’t show any detail of that particular incident.
    Good luck in the meantime.
    Regards
    Dave Hatcher

  44. Rod said,

    February 10, 2012 @ 5:55 am

    Dave,
    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site - please do leave any extra information as a comment - it would be greatly appreciated.
    I’ve added some details to the original list above which I hope are correct ?
    Kind regards,
    Rod

  45. Ramsbottom said,

    February 14, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    Mar 20 Stickney 57 RA530. A single bolt in the big end assembly caused an engine to catch fire straight after take-off. The plane crashed into a house, no civillians injured:

    Alan Ramsbottom’s picture, logbook, hat and other information can be found on request in Sheffield’s Weston Park museum. My father, Alan’s nephew, donated them some time ago.

  46. David H Frampton said,

    February 17, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    I have full details of LM719 which crashed at Stoke Rochford Hall on 28 April 1945. I am searching for information ion a 460 sqn Lanc, ND419 which crashed at North Witham, near Colsterworth.

    Please contact me via e-mail and if yoiu give me a snail mail address I will send you a report on LM719.

    David

  47. Rod said,

    February 17, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    Hi David,
    thanks for the comment and a warm welcome ot the site also for the kind offer, much appreciated
    Best
    Rod

  48. Sally Bishop said,

    February 25, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    Hi,

    As I was trying to find out about a Lancaster bomber which crashed in a field between the villages of Fotherby and Little Grimsby, I came across your site and read the details I had been searching for. It is listed on page 9 of your site and concerns LL956 October 14th 1944. The pilot was Lloyd Hannah RCAF and there is a further comment from his nephew, presumably from Canada. The reason I was looking for information was that my father was aged 14 when the plane crashed in a field near his house in Fotherby.

    The strength of the blast propelled him out of his bed and obviously woke the whole household. He recalls that the blast smashed all the panes of glass in his father’s greenhouses - my grandfather and subsequently my father, were nurserymen. The nursery was situated near to a narrow belt of woodland which the plane skimmed as it was coming down. Dad said that the village ARP warden had observed the plane approaching the village, already on fire.

    My dad said were it not for that woodland, he may not be alive to tell the tale today, as the trees took the full force of the blast and shielded the house from serious damage and possible loss of life. The blast created a huge hole in the ground which is now a pond known locally as ‘the crater’, where my dad, mum, myself and sisters spent many happy times fishing. He said the crash sight was a truly awesome sight for a 14 year old boy and he could not forget the huge amount of fires spread over the surrounding area.

    Of course the Lancaster was fully ‘bombed up’ and fuelled, making the explosion so much worse than it would have been on a return flight. I have pilot Lloyd Hannah to thank for being so brave and steering the plane away from the village I was brought up in, and but for him my dad and therefore I, may not have been here today to tell this story.

    A selfless hero indeed!

    [Site owner edit]
    Also see this related comment

  49. Mark said,

    February 25, 2012 @ 10:16 pm

    Ref Lancaster NG414, 106 Squadron.
    Crashed on take off at Metheringham on 16th April 1945.Flying Officer A Dean pilot.
    Can’t find F/O Dean on CWGC site so assume he ( unbeliveably!) survived crash. Anyone know whether any of his crew survived? My Dad was in the aircraft ahead of them & saw it blow up on the runway (pilot F/Lieut Mawer,my Dad M/Upper gunner Sgt GH Morgan). Two aircraft behind Dean’s aircraft unable to take off .The returning aircraft re routed to Manston & Harwell for 24 Hours.
    Anyone any more info?
    Mark Morgan

  50. Mark said,

    February 25, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    Remiss of me not to say, very interesting site, but none the less sad to see how many mere boys gave the ultimate sacrfice.

  51. Chalky -- Caythorpe said,

    February 26, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    Hi Rod, Several years ago,(Early 70’s) I was told about a lancaster crash site close to the village, One day whilst walking the dog I decided if I could find it, I had a rough idea where it was and was amazed to find a couple of pistons from one of the engines in a very boggy area. I took them back to the Pub I used to keep. I did a little bit of homework on the crash.
    It was a Lancaster B Mk 1 Serial No PB812 Coded AR ?
    Taken on charge Dec 1944 by 460 Sqn R A F Binbrook.
    406 Sqn was predominatly Australian Aircrew.
    On a training exercise 10 Feb 1945 the aircraft for no explainable reason dived into the ground on the outskirts of Caythorpe at 1550 Hrs Killing all 6 crew.
    Pilot F/Sgt RAG Miller RAAF
    F/Eng F/Sgt FAC Nesbit-Bell RAF
    Nav F/Sgt RL Pope RAAF
    B/Aim F\Off JJ Downing RAAF
    W\Op, AG F/Sgt FM Dockery RAAF
    A/G F/Sgt AG Robinson
    I have been told that there is a small memorial to the crew at David Theakers farm, I will see if I can find it.
    Today, 40 years later iI went to try and find the site but could not find it, I will continue looking for it.
    Love your site. Really interesting. All the best Chalky

  52. Rod said,

    February 26, 2012 @ 7:00 am

    Sally,
    what a tremendous and interesting comment - many thanks and welcome to the site.
    I’ve put a link in the original listing to your comment as it’s so important - I’ve also tied your comment to another related one.
    Thanks you again - this is really wonderful stuff
    Kind regards,
    Rod

  53. Rod said,

    February 26, 2012 @ 7:05 am

    Mark,
    thanks for the comment and the very interesting information , especially so as I’ve not found out anything about this one !
    I hope we can find out more . . .
    Best
    Rod

  54. Rod said,

    February 26, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    Chalky,
    I cannot thank you enough for this especially as PB812 was not even included in the list above and I had no information about it at all. I have now been able to add it to the list and include the 6 men who lost their lives.
    Thanks again Chalky, it’s a great comment and a warm welcome to the site
    Best
    Rod

  55. History Hunter said,

    February 26, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Mark, you will be pleased to hear that the whole crew survived the crash, two were slightly injured, but soon returned to flying again. If only they had known how the raid would have gone so wrong, maybe they would have preferred to have stayed on terra firma.

    The Lancasters of 106 Sqn were amongst 200 to be tasked with a bombing raid on Pilsen (Plzeň) in what was then Czechoslovakia on the night of 16/17 April 1945. Their objective was to destroy the classification yard which they did to perfection, but alas they also bombed the train station beyond recognition. Unfortunately, and mistakenly, they totally decimated the local neighbourhood of Cikánka, wiping it from the face of the planet, killing 218 innocent civilians in the process. They also hit the nearby village of Doubravka on the outskirts of Pilsen, killing another 18 civilians.

    A dark day for Bomber Command.

  56. History Hunter said,

    February 27, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    Whilst researching 166 Sqn I have found a Lancaster crash that you have not got on your list.

    On the evening of 17th November 1943, ED422 piloted by W/O. Ernest Merralls, DFM crashed while on a training exercise. 5 of the 7 crew died.

    It crashed into trees and burst into flames at 04.11am not far from RAF Kirmington

    W/O. E Merralls DFM aged 20
    F/O Harold Mitchell aged 20
    F/O John Douglas Maddex aged 21
    Sgt. D. G. B. Day aged unknown
    Sgt. P. G. Edyvean-Walker aged 19

    Sgt C. Cushing and F/L D.E. Walker were injured but survived. It is believed that F/L Walker was only onboard to monitor the handling of the aircraft as he was the Chief of the Engineering Department for 166 Squadron.

  57. Rod said,

    February 27, 2012 @ 6:24 am

    HH,
    this is tremendous, again I’ve no information on this one - thanks you very much, a really important comment - I’m going to edit the original listing now.
    Many thanks indeed
    Best
    Rod

  58. History Hunter said,

    February 27, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    Indeedy doo. What makes it all the more interesting is that it crashed so locally to the Airfield that we dont know the whereabouts of the crash site. Thats something to hunt down.

  59. History Hunter said,

    February 27, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

    I have found another one for you.

    On the night of 8th October 1943 Lancaster ED993 took off from Kirmington on a bombing raid to Hanover and Ludwigshaven. Outbound, a fire broke out in one of the port engines which was extinguished but left the engine feathering. Because of the distance already covered, the Pilot, W/O Reginald Paul Rabett chose to continue with the mission which they did successfully.

    W/O Rabett flew ED993 to within sight of the airfield runway when the second port engine cut out leaving the aircraft almost impossible to control. Even though he fought with the controls the plane crashed down on the runway and burst into flames. Two of the crew survived as one, Sgt E. Croxon, was thrown clear of the wreckage on impact and the other, Sgt L. Davidson, who was the tail-gunner survived after the tail section was carried clear of the fire when the fuselage broke in two.

    ED993 crashed on returning to RAF Kirmington having flown the majority the sortie with just 3 engines. For his bravery in continuing the mission W/O Rabett received the Distinguished Flying Cross posthumously.

    W/O. Reginald Paul Rabett DFC aged 21
    Sgt. Ronald Davies aged 23
    Sgt. Ronald Ernest Gratwick aged 20
    Sgt. James O’Reilly aged 30
    Sgt. Trevor Roberts aged unknown

  60. History Hunter said,

    March 7, 2012 @ 1:12 am

    More details

    16 December 1943

    Lancasters JB670 & LM332 from RAF Elsham Wold collided head on above Ulceby, and then the wreckage landed on and around the village of Ulceby while on a mission to bomb Berlin.

    All 14 crew members died.

    JB670

    Flt Sgt V Richter
    Sgt F S Copping
    FO Jaques, C R
    Flt Sgt T L H Kay
    Sgt P Coopman
    Sgt F A Furrie
    Sgt C W Plampton

    LM332

    F/S F.R.Scott
    Sgt S.V.Cull
    Sgt G.G.Critchley
    F/S P.M.C.Ellis
    Sgt J.H.Caldwell
    Sgt B.P.Wicks
    Sgt J.W.Ross

    At the age of 18, Sgt S.V. Cull was the youngest Bomber Command crewman to lose his life in the war.

    The crew of LM332 were on their very first operation.

    Some websites mistakenly claim that the Ulceby that the planes crashed down on as actually being Ulceby Cross which is incorrect.

  61. Sally Bishop said,

    March 27, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    Further to my comment regarding the Lancaster bomber that crashed at Little Grimsby, we went to the crash site and found some wreckage still there after 68 years. The largest piece and a piece of window frame were sent to David Langner (the pilot’s nephew) in Canada. It arrived safely and I am now in regular correspondence with David and his family who hope to come to the UK in the not too distant future to visit the site. Reunited with a little piece of his family’s history to hand down to the next generation. A great result and an emotional one too.
    Sally

  62. Lee Calderwood said,

    April 9, 2012 @ 1:54 am

    Hi thanks for a very interesting and useful site - one minor correction to the crew names listed for Lancaster DS 847 which crashed on the 16 Nov 43 - the WOp/Ag should be Jock Calderwood not Calderwell. Thanks

  63. Rod said,

    April 9, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    Lee,
    many thanks indeed, duly corrected
    Regards,
    Rod

  64. Aggie said,

    April 10, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

    Hi,
    I live close to the West Common in Lincoln and the other day, while walking my dogs, I met an old gentleman who used to live nearby. He told me that as a boy during WW2, while out playing, he observed a Lancaster flying very low over the Common. He said he clearly saw one of the crew desperately but unsuccessfully trying to use an axe to create a hole through which the crew could escape. According to the man, he said he saw the plane crash into Lincoln Edge and he believed all the crew members died in the crash.
    This poignant story intrigued me and having found your site, I wonder if the man witnessed DS712, which crashed near Fiskerton, fly over the West Common. What are your thoughts?
    Thanks,
    Aggie

  65. BCAR-researcher said,

    April 22, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    Aggie, if the Lancaster the old chap saw crashed into the edge, and he saw it from South Common, it could have been one of the following which we have recorded as crashing in or around Bracebridge Heath:

    March 28th 1942 - R5501 - crashed after a mid-air collision with a Miles Magister aircraft used by 44sqn that happened at 13:20hrs (date is from 2 separate sources, but the Lostbombers site quotes the date as August 6th 1942 - it’s on our list to check on our next research trip)

    December 21st 1942 - both W4182 & W4259 crashed onto Canwick Road, Bracebridge heath after returning from raids on Duisburg & Berlin - these are less likely to have been involved in his sighting as they departed for the raid at 1815 the previous day, so would have returned in the early hours of the 21st.

    The other option, again unlikely, is LM683 which crashed on the Bracebridge Heath airfield (the area behind the petrol station on the A15 in Bracebridge Heath, bounded by the A15 on the west and the grounds of the St John’s asylum on the south) on September 18th 1944 - again this was on the return from a raid on Bremerhaven, which the crew had set out on at 1820 the previous day. That would again place this crash in the early hours of the morning.

    Regards

    G.

  66. c steadman said,

    April 22, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    im very interested if you have any more information regarding the crash on november 7 1942 ,, the reason being this plane crashed on my girlfreiends fathers farm and the ground where it went in is still clearly noticibe , i was just curious .
    regards

  67. Rod said,

    April 23, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    CS,
    I’ve added some more information to my entry for that date, though I suspect the incident you refer to must have been another one
    Best
    Rod

  68. Paul said,

    May 1, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Hello,
    Iam new to this site, and just like to say well done to Rod for creating it.
    Sally Bishop mentions the Lancaster that crashed a Fotherby. I know of a chap who still lives in Fotherby, who was in bed when it crashed. The mainspar of the aircraft came the roof of his house and landed next to him in bed.
    The pilot and crew was killed and it seems the pilot struggled to avoid crashing into the village. I think he said it was from Kelstern and fully loaded.

    As for crash sites mentioned, I think what is the most important site in Linc’s if not the UK, is the Lanc from 550sqn that crashed Aug 26/27 1944 W5005 N-for Nan. It belly flopped in the Humber on return from a mission. All the crew got ot of it and didn’t even get thier feet wet! The Pilot and I think all of the crew were Aussies.
    The reson I say important, is that its still there…..intact, burried under mud. It was uncovered during a spring tide during the 70’s still with its roundals and paint in tact. Its been covered ever scince and is very close to shore, hence the reason the crew never got wet feet.
    It would take some money to uncover it, but it would be a possibility to recover it.
    I dout if any of the aircrat recovery groups would have the finance to do it as its in a tidal area, so barges and cranes would be needed, also a lot of nagotiations with ABP, as I suppose they own it!

  69. Rod said,

    May 1, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

    Paul,
    absolutely fascinating, many thanks indeed, really appreciated and a warm welcome to the site.
    All the best
    Rod

  70. History Hunter said,

    May 2, 2012 @ 2:18 am

    550 Squadron was based at RAF Waltham/Grimsby up until January 1945.

    Rod, we need money….get selling some photos and quick!!!

  71. Rod said,

    May 2, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    HH,
    it’s very intriguing to say the least isn’t it - makes the fingers tingle, that and the other story make you wonder why they’re off to Burma to dig instead of having a few trial runs in Lincolnshire!
    Best
    Rod

  72. Paul said,

    May 5, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    It would be great to get those Spitfires back and air worthy, it would also be great to salvage N for Nan…..If ever win the lottery I will be buying a load of shovels! If any aircraft recovery groups are interested , I do know the location (within aboy 20ft, but wouldn’t want to make it public, its also in a dangerous area with soft mud that you can sink in so recovery would be a major operation.
    550Sqn was Uncle Arthers Sqn, he came from Winnipeg in Canada to Grimsby (RCAF), with 100Sqn on Wellies, He met and married my Aunt Kath (my Mothers Sister) , He then went to 550Sqn at Killingholm as a “tailend Charlie” His log book is some reading, all written in bue pencil, night after night, Dortmund, LaRoche, Essen, Berlin….came back on three engines…..heavy flack……night fighters ……..saw so and so go down…….The things these young guys went through!
    He survived the war and flew post war with the RAF on Lincolns out of Binbrook, one night they returned but couldn’t get in due to fog, so was diverted to Scampton, the early hours of 14th June 1951 RA692 the plane came down at Grange Farm Nr Scampton killing all on board.
    He and all the other crew are burried in the Church yard at Scampton.

  73. History Hunter said,

    May 5, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    Paul, it must be great to have such a record written down for prosperity. I was quite fortunate that I had none of my family involved in WW2. My dad was still too young even at the end of hostilities, and my Grandad was too old, so I have nothing of any significance to offer the world.

    One little thing, RA692 crashed on 14th July 1951, not June. Messrs Peter, Ireson, Fitzgerald (your Uncle?) and Clark are all buried at Scampton, but 3 other crew members, Cousins, Newman and Moss are buried elsewhere.

  74. Paul said,

    May 5, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    yes you are correct it was July 14th (which is my mothers birthday) (typo sorry). Sgt Athur Fitzgerald .
    There is a rather nice photo of him at East Kirkby on the 550sqn board, listed as “two Canadian rear gunners”, I have asked then to name him on the photo , but they havent done it yet.
    My Mother adored him an he was like a Father to her, I was talking to her today and she was saying she heared a knock at the door and ran to it expecting to see Arthur, but it was two MOD people with grim faces, its somthing thats stayed with her all her life, she was 12 at the time.
    I have just tried to contact Ken Clarke in Perth Western Australia, whose Father,was Sgt P E Clark, who died in the crash. So hopefully he will contact me.
    My Mother said the only thing of Arthurs that my Aunt was given , was a badly burt watch, with a cracked face, and I seem to have a vauge memory of this as a child a, in a draw at my Grandmothers house. Seems the plane went up in a fire ball.
    All the best,
    Paul.

  75. Ann F said,

    May 8, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    Hi I am Paul’s cousins wife. Arthur Fitzgerald would have been my father in law.
    Frank Cousins is buried in Leeds, Eric Newman in Grangetown and Norman moss in East Ham.
    All their details can be foud on the Arboreteum roll of honour on th Veterans UK website.
    It would be good to hear from any other relatives of the crew.
    Ann

  76. Rod said,

    May 11, 2012 @ 6:45 am

    Panda,
    many thanks indeed, much appreciated.
    Regards,
    Rod

  77. Alison said,

    May 17, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    Hi Rod.
    Well done on your research.
    I have been researchng one of my cousins- Eric Frank Knowles Campling (DFC/DSO), who was the pilot of the aircraft which came down on the 8th of April 1944. I’ve also located and spoken to Eric’s twin sister who told me about him and supplied me with photocopies of his log books as well as his service records, his awards, his involvement with the Channel Dash, sorties etc. His medals were recently sold at auction- I wish I could have bought them! Part of his Wellington, which he flew on the Channel Dash- an exploit which earned him s DFC, is now on display at Brooklands.
    There is little info about the crash although I located the memoir of someone who flew with him who made comments about the fatal crash being “unauthorised”.
    I also had help from a librarian in Market Rasen who e mailed me the following:

    “Dear Mrs Campling,

    I have looked through the the past Market Rasen Mail coverage for April - May 1944 and the Rasen Mail dated 15 April 1944 have a couple of articles which make reference to air crashes. (Although your relative (by name) is not mentioned).

    1. Funeral - Made mention of a funeral of a young South Kelsey Airman who was killed in a air crash last week - (Flight Serg Engineer - Sidney Chappell).
    States Mourners and makes reference of people representing his RAF Station (not a specific RAF Station though).

    2. Headline - Woman Pilot Killed Near Caistor
    Evidence that a woman Pilot was killed in a crash landing near Caistor - it names the dead Pilot as Taniya Whittall aged 24 and described as an Aviator.
    A local witness named Gerald Sandham described the crash which took place last Saturday (8th) at 4.35 p.m. He says the plane flew over at a height of 200ft and
    then the engines cut out and an explosion occurred.

    Hope this information is useful, there maybe some ancedotal evidence in the Caistor area as their maybe some residents who might remember the incident. It might be worth speaking to the Caistor Society.”

    I’m very proud of Eric and would love to have known him so thank you for putting all the work into this site.

  78. Rod said,

    May 17, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    Hi Alison,
    many thanks for sharing that, very much appreciated and welcome to the site.
    I’m not surprised your proud of Eric . . . DFC/DSO
    Absolutely tremendous!
    Kind regards
    Rod

  79. Dave said,

    May 17, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    Alison,

    You’ve probably seen the entry in W R Chorley’s “Bomber Command Losses, Volume 8,” which cites your cousin’s demise on Lancaster R5672, detailed as being on ‘Air Test.’
    Taniya Whittall was a Second Officer with the Air Transport Auxiliary. Sgt L T D Regan was the third aircrew member lost. Six ground crew also lost their lives. The aircraft belonged to No. 1 Lancaster Finishing School out of Hemswell.
    Incidentally, Sidney Chappell died aboard Lancaster R5726 of No.5 Lancaster Finishing School (Syerston) on 4/4/44. On training duty crashed Brenston, Nottinghamshire. All seven crew killed.

    Regards,
    Dave.

  80. Geoff. said,

    May 23, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Lived on St.Giles estate, when I was about 10 years old (born 1934) I recall hastening with my mates to a crashed Lancaster at Greetwell. It was lying on its belly in a field, atop an ironstone quarry and was quite intact.We tried to get close but the RAF Police kept us away.Seems from you list it could have been LM 630 or HK655. It must have crashed the previous night as news of such events quickly spread in Goldsmith Walk.

    I recall another crash in the area, a Wellington I think, crewed by a Polish aircrew which came down in a field opposite the Roarin Meg pub on Nettleham Road. My father who was working in our garden at the time took off on his bike to help as he thought it had crashed on the Childrens Home in Macauly Drive.

  81. Liz said,

    May 27, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Just found your site whilst trying to find details of WW2 planes that crashed in Lincoln.
    I was a young child when I remember my mother and godmother rushing out of the house (afternoon I think) after hearing a tremendous roaring noise and then seeing a plane flying past our house. It was on fire and very low. Only a very short time later it crashed and I remember there was this huge fire and plume of black smoke shooting up into the air. I think it would be around 1942-1945. I lived in St Andrews Drive, Lincoln and there were just fields beyond our house at that time. Presume it was making for Skellingthorpe or Waddington. Unfortunately I haven’t as yet found any information re this crash. Can you help?

  82. Rod said,

    May 27, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

    Hi Liz,
    I wouln’t know I’m afraid, I suspect you’d need an accurate date tyo try and pin it down
    Best
    Rod

  83. Amiguru said,

    May 27, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    Liz,

    We don’t usually put links on this site to others but I hope Rod will forgive me for doing so in the following format:

    Just remove the spaces after each ‘w’ and then paste the result into the address bar. Alternatively just copy ‘bcar.org.uk/1942.html’ into Google. That site should solve your problem but you will have to go patiently through the lists. Hope this helps.

    Regards,
    Neville

  84. Kevin Chestney said,

    June 6, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

    I just want to correct some information on the mid air collision between ME625 and ND981on the 23rd June 1944. The planes collided over Cloor House Farm, Crowland, Lincolnshire, Near Peterborough not Coningsby. The crash claimed the lives of 14 crewmen. The Lincolnshire Aircraft Recovery Group conducted an excavation of the site and some parts that were recovered are in the museum at RAF East Kirby (Lincolnshire Aviation Museum-home of Lancaster ‘Just Jane’). It struck up interest in me as my daughter lived a few hundred yards from the crash site of one of the downed aircraft. I remember photos of the excavation and noted the engines were a number of metres buried in the fenland soil.

  85. David Rabett said,

    June 18, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    Hi Rod, great website, with regards to the information entred on the 27th 6eb 2012 about ED993, this was flown by my grandads brother, he showed me his DFC medal which had to be collected by his parents, but I think the story got mixed up on this site, as W/O rabett got his DFC on a previous mission and had engine failure, the mission he died was the same lancaster which crashed shortly after take off.

  86. Rod said,

    June 19, 2012 @ 5:40 am

    Dvaid,
    thanks you very much indeed and welcome to the site
    All the best
    Rod

  87. veronica reynolds nee gunter said,

    June 28, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    December 20th 1942 flight W4259 Sergeant Richard Ivor Gunter (aged late 20s) married no children. Buried on 26th December 1942 his older brother Geoffrey Ian Gunter was killed in a a flying accident in Caermarthen in 1943. 4 younger brothers (all army) survived the war the youngest Lt. Kenneth Gunter landed with 6th Airborne on D Day and was awarded the M.C. for his action during the Rhine crossing on 25th March 1945

  88. Rod said,

    June 29, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    Veronica,
    thanks you very much for the comment, greatly appreciated and welcome to the site.
    Kind regards,
    Rod

  89. Veronica said,

    June 29, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Veronica ,

    fascinating details here. I see your maiden name was Gunter, may I respectfully ask which one of these six boys was your direct line ? Np if you’d rather not say.

    Veronica

  90. veronica reynolds nee gunter said,

    June 29, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

    My Dad was the youngest, Kenneth now deceased. As are all of the war-time generation of Gunters. I have two younger brothers one named for Richard and the other named for Geoffrey IAN. I have a cousin in Canada named for Geoffrey. One sad note my grandfather was acting headmaster of Eccles Grammar School during the war.Twice he had to read out the name of his own son in the assembly roll of honour - Veronica

  91. V said,

    June 29, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    Veronica

    Ty
    How tragic. and what a brave man your grandfather was to do that, himself

  92. Lancaster said,

    July 16, 2012 @ 3:14 pm

    I was given information that on the 15th February 1943, three lancaster bombers were returning from a mission over Germany, and were making for RAF Waltham Lincs, just three miles short of the main runway, one of the lancasters crashed landed into a field just outside Grimsby, killing all but three of the crew, who had managed to bail out from the stricken aircraft before it crashed in flames, killing the rest of the crew, I have the name of one of the crew that bailed out he was a SGT Carson from 100Sqd, and one of the crew a SGT W.E.Scarbrough a AG rear gunner, I looked at the list above and you dont list the plane as crashing on that date, there is one for 13th February 1943 Nr Wragby (W4836).
    If anybody could help, I would very gratefull to them.

    Lancasster

  93. Rod said,

    July 16, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    Lancaster,
    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site - if anybody can help then I’m sure they’ll chip in
    Best
    Rod

  94. History Hunter said,

    July 17, 2012 @ 1:03 am

    Happy to help Lanc.

    The Lancaster Mark III had the serial ED540. It crashed at 1308 having caught fire while attempting to land on final approach at Waltham airfield.

    It was the first loss for 100 Squadron since moving to RAF Waltham nearly 3 months earlier.

    The five men who died are as follows:

    89622 Flight Lieutenant Norman Sydney Lionel Stent (Pilot) RAFVR age 23 - Woking (St. John’s) Crematorium
    400337 Pilot Officer Stuart Wood (Navigator) RAAF age 29 - Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery
    927481 Sergeant John Sidney Wall (Flight Engineer) RAFVR age 22 - Great Burstead (St. Mary Magdalene) Churchyard
    974572 Sergeant John Ernest Norman Croft (Air Gunner) RAFVR age 24 - Edlington Cemetery
    1383823 Sergeant William Edward Scarborough (Air Gunner) RAFVR age 26 - Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery

    The two survivors were:

    Sergeant E.Evans (Wireless Operator) RAFVR returned to flying and survived the war.

    1108682 Sergeant (later Flight Sergeant) David Ellis Murray Carson (Navigator/Bomb Aimer) RAFVR age 30 - died 3rd August 1943 while flying with 166 Squadron. His Wellington Mk X AS-G HE578 crashed into the North Sea after minelaying (gardening) in the River Elbe. Carson was 1 of only 2 bodies of the crew to be found, the other being the Pilot. His body was recovered from the sea nearly 2 months after the crash and was buried in Frederikshavn Cemetery.

    Anything else, just ask.

  95. History Hunter said,

    July 17, 2012 @ 1:37 am

    Lancaster Mk I W4836 PH-P had been on a bombing raid on the German submarine pens at Lorient in France. On return to RAF Wickenby, its first landing was aborted and as it was starting to go round for another attempt the Lancaster was seen to drop out the sky. It landed in Newhall Woods, about 3 miles from the airfield, killing all on board

    143898 Pilot Officer James Martin (Pilot) RAFVR age 21 - Glasgow (St. Kentigern’s) Roman Catholic Cemetery
    1420919 Sergeant Leonard Jones (Flight Engineer) RAFVR age 25 - Manchester (Gorton) Cemetery
    1025301 Sergeant John Bowman Reay (Navigator/Bomber) RAFVR age 23 - Bentley-With-Arksey New Cemetery
    1338475 Sergeant Robert Victor Coombs (Bomb Aimer) RAFVR age 22 - Tottenham Cemetery
    1120882 Sergeant James Callanan (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) RAFVR age 20 - Gateshead East Cemetery
    1293272 Sergeant Dennis Francis Gibbs (Air Gunner) RAFVR age 18 - Binbrook (St Mary) Churchyard
    610854 Sergeant Edward Hemmings (Air Gunner) RAF age 23 - Stoke-On-Trent (Hanley) Cemetery

    All were buried in their home villages and towns.

  96. History Hunter said,

    July 17, 2012 @ 1:50 am

    Rod,

    Just a quick correction to one of your entries.

    On 15th March 1943 you have 4 Lancaster’s being destroyed. It was actually 6! Three from 50 Squadron, W4112, W4196 and W4823 and three from 57 Squadron, ED594, ED306 and W4834 (the plane that caused the explosion)

  97. Rod said,

    July 17, 2012 @ 5:46 am

    HH,
    thanks, yet again, for your input here, fantastic and very much appreciated.
    I’ve noted your comment by adding a link to it in the specific entry therefore crediting it as well.
    In great appreciation,
    Rod

  98. Christine said,

    July 19, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

    Hi someone said they dug a Lancaster ED67 some years ago. The crash site could be seen from Binbrook as tops of trees all broken off. They said they reached a flying boot that had bones of a foot in it, so they reburied and left. Where would ED planes fly from? The number seems short as ED67?
    Didn’t notice Randalls Plane Lancaster Mk 11 JB657 which had its maiden flight to Berlin onb 16th Dec 1943 . Returning in thick fog it was one of four Lancasters from 460 Squadron that crashed in bad fog on return.
    The crew were six RAAF and one RAF. The aircraft hit a tree at 23.12and pilot called again at 23.48 to say firing very cartridges as he couldn’t see aerodrome. The aircraft crashed in the ammunition dump at Market Stanton and all crew killed.
    Crew as follows: Pilot 413896 F?O F A Randall, Navigator 414349 Fl Sgt W K Halstead. Bomb aimer 415467 H G D S Dedman, Wireless operator 413890 Sgt H H Peterson, Flight Engineer 573805 Sgt J McKenzie RAF,
    Mid Upper Gunner 414938 F/S C G Howie, and Rear Gunner 407391 Sgt R A Moynagh.
    F/O F A Randall had been awarded the DSFC as he nursed a cripped Lancaster on night of Sept 3/4th 1943 returning from Berlin, allowing his crew to bale out. Only one was MIA, and not recovered. My father was the mid upper gunner in that plane Lancaster Mk 11 W 4988 (AR-Q) which crashed in Sweden. Sgt H Bell.
    Hence my interest in the crash that killed his former Pilot after they were repatriated from Framby Camp in Sweden.Hope this is of interest. Would welcome any light shed ob tghe ED 67 Lancaster. Thanks Chrsitine

  99. Tony Russell said,

    July 22, 2012 @ 5:49 am

    Read your Lancaster list with interest. I did not see a record of the Lancaster that crashed and exploded on the beach at Mablethorpe. As I recall it was on a mission and had lost power. The pilot had the crew bail out and he did likewise when he felt that it would clear the town and go into the sea. He came down in a farmers orchard about a quarter mile from our house. The farmer thought he was a German as the plane had exploded on the beach and he thought he had been bombing the town.
    I was about seven at the time and don’t have a date though I’m sure the Mablethorpe historian could provide it. Sorry I can’t provide additional information as I live in Kentucky and they don’t no nuthin’ ’bout it in these parts.
    All best, Tony.

  100. Rod said,

    July 22, 2012 @ 6:50 am

    Tony,
    thanks for that, really appreciated, I’ll look into it but it’s really tricky without an exact date or plane number.
    Thanks and regards from England
    Rod

  101. History Hunter said,

    July 22, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    Re: 8th April 1944 - Wing Commander Eric Frank Knowles Campling

    Have just found a fantastic article about the aforementioned W/C Campling. Gives details of his awards, shows his medals, and also gives details of his demise.

    Incidentally, one of the occupants of the Lancaster on that fateful day was Second Officer Miss Taniya Whittall from the Air Transport Auxiliary, who was actually learning to fly Lancasters, as it would be her job to deliver new ones around the country when others were lost or damaged beyond repair. In the early years of the war women only flew the Fighter planes, but in the later years, when more men were required to fly missions, the job of delivering them would mainly fall to the women of the ATA.

    Its amazing what you find when you go looking.

  102. History Hunter said,

    July 22, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    Tony, there is no mention of a Lancaster crashing in or around Mablethorpe with the details you give. In fact there are no crashes matching the description you give for any Bomber aircraft. Some crashed out at sea, others crashed inland with total loss of life but nothing with the crew surviving by bailing out.

    I have used 2 websites and also the Bomber Command Losses series of books by W.R. Chorley.

  103. Brian Hamblin said,

    July 25, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    Hi,
    Only just stumbled across your site.
    My cousin SGT James John [’Jack’] Phillips died in the air crash at Revesby,Lincs. on 23rd May 1944.
    He left a wonderful scrap-book detailing all the bombing runs he was on.
    I can supply you with more information if you want it.
    Regards,
    Brian Hamblin.

  104. Brian said,

    July 31, 2012 @ 10:30 pm

    Tony Russells Lancaster crash could be PB348 DX-T of 57 Sqdn East Kirkby that crashed on the beach between Mablethorpe and Theddlethorpe on the night of January 5th 1945. The mission was to attack the German garrison at Royan near the Gerond river but the two starboard engines packed up. In addditon the ASI was affected by Icing so the missson was aborted and the bombs jettisoned. More problems arose with the port engines on the return journey and as they approached the coast the crew bailed out. Thankfully all were OK and landed safely.
    This is the only Lancaster crash that fits the description, there is another that ditched off Donna Nook but that was in entirely different circumstances

  105. Andrew Dawson said,

    August 27, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    I have found a memorial on a tiny back road between Donington and Quadring in South Lincolnshire honouring the men of Lancaster ND 320. It reads as follows:-

    “To the glory of God and in honoured memory of F/Sgt D J Farrant, F/Sgt J B Bannan, W/O R T Lord, Sgt RHF Malthouse, Sgt J W Nixon, F/Sgt A I G Hunter who lost their lives when Avro Lancaster ND820 635 squadron crashed here while on a flight from RAF Downham Market Monday 10th April 1944 who now lie at rest in the surrounding fields.

    Their names are commemorated on the Runnymeade Memorial to the Missing. Also in memory of crew member F/O T F Wilson buried at Stonefall Cemetry Harrogate.”

    I have a couple of photographs if anyone would like copies, and as I live locally to the memorial can take better ones if needed.

  106. Rod said,

    August 27, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    Andrew,
    thanks for that, very much appreciated and a warm welcome o the site - I’ve put it on my list of things to do when next in that area.
    All the best
    Rod

  107. Tim Read said,

    August 31, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    Rod - as mentioned in my email yesterday, my Uncle’s Lancaster ED422 which crashed on 17th November 1943 was of 166 Squadron based at Kirmington. In fact only Dennis Walker survived the crash - I have a copy of a letter he wrote about the crash. I hope to come to the memorial/reunion which I see is tomorrow! Best wishes Tim Read

  108. d bowman said,

    September 17, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    lancaster crashes .notice none for 6.10.44 .NG 198 spitalgate onATA delivery flight from coventry. !st Officer W Thompson and 3rd Off /flight engineer Howells of 6 Ferry Pool both killed

  109. Graham James said,

    October 8, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    re crash of NG414 / ZN-K, 106 Squadron on 16th April 1945.

    All the crew survived. They were …

    Pilot F/O A (Dixie) Dean
    F Eng Sgt J Ottensbergen
    Bomb Aimer F/O R (Bob) Faragher
    Navigator F/O K F Cooper
    Wireless Op W T (Geoff) Harris
    Gunner V M Howells (Vivian Marsden)
    Gunner Sgt Derek James [My father]

    The crash is noted in the book … “In the Middle of Nowhere - The History of RAF Metheringham” by Richard Bailey.

  110. Rod said,

    October 8, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    Graham,
    thanks for that, much appreciated and welcome to the site - I’ve added a link to your comment in the list above

    All the crew survived
    How wonderful to hear that Graham and how proud you must be of your father
    Regards
    Rod

  111. John Beavin said,

    October 26, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    HI Rod. Just found your site, I was a teenager during the war and lived near Horncastle, us lads visited dozens of aircraft crashes to pilfer perspex and ammo, especially very light cartridges, looking through your list there are 2 crashes I want to comment on, the first is the one S Finn quotes as “the lofts”, Feb 43, I well remember that one because I found a flying boot, searching I found the other but had to leave it because it had a foot in it. This aircraft came down at such a steep angle we assumed it was in a collision, the ground was so wet that the Cole’s crane couldn’t get near, so I am fairly positive the engines are still there, buried 12 feet down. I believe the Scamblsby cop got a medal or something for rescue efforts.The other was a crash at maidenwell, have you any more info on these events? We never kept diarys so I cannot quote dates, and could be years out, not surprising since I must have visited 20 or more crash sites of many different types of aircraft Spitfires, Hampdens, B 17s, Mustangs, Mossy’s, Beau’s, Wimpys etc, seems unbelievable what happened 75 years ago. keep up the good work Rod.
    PS I was first on the scene of a Mosquito crash in 46, the crew were killed, I should have planted a tree or something at that site, but of course I didn’t.

  112. Rod said,

    October 27, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    John,
    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site. The information I have is above but as I get more I keep updating the original list.
    Best
    Rod

  113. Christine said,

    December 7, 2012 @ 10:47 pm

    Hi have been busy of late bresearching my dads time in 460 Squadron. He and his pilot were repatriated from Sweden in 143. The pilot returned to the squadron, he was an australian, and died in the crash in thick fog at Market Stanton on 16/12/1943 landing on amunition dump after trying to locate the airfiled for about 50 minutes. The plane was Lancaster JB657 and crew were all killed.
    Crew as follows:
    A413586 AUS F/O Randall F A DFC
    A414549 AUS F/S Halstead WH
    A413890 AYS Sgt Peterson HH
    573805 Sgt McKenzie J
    A414938 AUS F/S Howie gg
    A407591 AUS Sgt Moynagh RA
    A415467 AUS F/O Delman HGD
    I hope this fills in some of your crash information. I am in contact with the pilots cousin who lives in Canada, and his sister, who was much younger than her brother, and is still alive and running a cattle ranch in Oz in her 80’s. The plane had successfully bombed Berlin that night. It was very sad as fog very bad that night and 460 lost several planes that crashed on return. DV173 crashed at 00.17 in a field near Caistor. The rear gunner 145021 F/O Garment hh was killed and the flight engineer 1567247 Sgt Dixon FDC was severly injured, remainder of crew badly shaken. JB704 crashed in field short of runway but all crew safe.
    JB613 crashed at Ludford Magna all crew safe. I can give you details of crew of these planes who survived.
    Binbrook is currently planting trees to the memory of airmen who died from 460 Squadron, and one is planted for my fathers pilot prior to Sep 3/4th 1943 when they crashed, F/O Randall. I think this is a lovely guesture to the memory of so many brave men. Randall was 21 years old and six months when he was killed in action. We owe these brave young men so much. Christine Dubery Nee Bell

  114. Rod said,

    December 8, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    Christine,
    thank you for this and everything you’re doing really appreciated and welcome to the site.
    I’ve edited to list to include a direct link to your valuable comment and information.
    In appreciation,
    Rod

  115. Steve D said,

    December 15, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    Hello Rod what an interesting idea and fitting memorial to the men who we owe so much to in making this list ..

    i see you have listed a Lancaster crash nr Scredington on june 18th 1943 a tragedy indeed with the loss of nine lives on board a few more details on this incident as follows

    Lancaster ED439 took off from RAF Wyton at 1010 hours on 18th June 1943 to carry out
    a day practice bombing training exercise, but the aircraft did not carry out the detail. It
    dived out of cloud and struck a house at High Gate Farm in Swaton, 7 miles south east of
    Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK. All the nine on board the aircraft were killed

    Crew:

    RAAF 408904 PO Cummings, M K Captain (Pilot)
    RAAF 6756 Sgt H W Luker, (Flight Engineer)
    RAF Sgt F W Wilcox, (Navigator)
    RAF Sgt J Roughley, (Air Bomber)
    RAF Sgt H W Cheshire, (Wireless Air Gunner)
    RAF Sgt N Woodcock, (Mid Upper Gunner)
    RCAF Flt Sgt R A Taylor, (Rear Gunner)
    RAF Cpl T J Bond Pax
    RAF Cpl F N Sloss Pax

  116. Rod said,

    December 16, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    Hi Steve,
    many thanks and pleased you approve of the project
    All the best
    Rod

  117. Doug said,

    January 2, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    I have been trying for some time, to find details of a bomber crash near the village of Hainton on the East Torrington road, I believe the aircraft was a Lancaster returning from a bombing raid, is this one that you are researching ? if so I look forward to reading your results.

    Regards

    Doug

  118. Rod said,

    January 2, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    Doug,
    not at present I’m afraid - if I find anything though I shall write an article on it
    Best
    Rod

  119. Doug said,

    January 7, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    Hello Rod, Just to add to my earlier request re bomber crash in Hainton village, the aircraft was probably trying to land at Ludford Magna (101 sqdn about two miles away).

    Good luck

    Doug

  120. Gerald Brooks said,

    January 21, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    Can you tell me which Lancaster crashed in Highfield Avenue Lincoln in 1944/45 I was about 200 yds away at the time!

  121. curfew48 said,

    January 27, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    Hello from Canada. Just stumbled on your excellant site while researching my Dad’s Lancaster QR-N ED860. She was attached to 61 squadron out of Skellingthope. There is no mention of this aircraft crashing in your list. Nan crashed on takeoff from Skellingthorpe on her 130th combat mission (October 28/1944).She had a full bomb load and full fuel tanks.Miraculously all crew survived.Her demise is well documented in Derek Brammers book “Thundering Through The Clear Air”. Hope this will add to your very impressive collection of information. Curfew.

  122. Rod said,

    January 27, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    Curfew,
    thanks for putting this on record here, really appreciated and a warm welcome to the site
    All the best
    Rod

  123. katie cliffe said,

    March 1, 2013 @ 12:51 am

    rod i can supply info on the lancaster crash friday 11th june 1943 (5pm to be precise!).my dad was an 11 year old playing in the trees on the then unspoilt land behind skellingthorpe road which is now tritton road.i have a paper clipping of the crash but even better a very indepth account of this saddest of events as penned at the time by a fred hurt.it is an amazing account…many names including not just the tragic losses but names of witnesses and those who helped rescue who they could.in this case the rear gunner sgt malkin.his rear turret landed upside down in a back garden on royden grove where a 16year old dennis hartley and his mother assisted him.he was the only one of the crew of 7 to survive.there are 4 graves of civilians in st helens church boultham park.i intend to visit the scene of the crash and hope that there is some kind of memorial and one day dad and i will locate the graves of those poor crew members.dad wishes to pay his respects and as a nurse i have cared for many an ex lancaster crew member lucky to survive.my respects are for the dead and the living.i tell them how brave they were and it breaks my heart to hear them say no…just frightened.they were both.please contact me so i may somehow get this information to you.regards katie cliffe

  124. Rod said,

    March 1, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    Katie,
    thank you for taking the time to leave this very moving comment and welcome to the site.
    In appreciation
    Rod

  125. Richard Robinson said,

    March 13, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    Good Afternoon, I work at caistor school and am interested in any information on flight 1LFS R5672 (apr 8 1944) as it is mentioned in headmasters log at school that a ‘halifax’ crashed and burnt out on the school field. I appreciate that this may have been the wrong plane as we have done research and to no luck found a ‘halifax’ crash site in or very close to caistor. We are very interested in finding out as much information as we can as it could be a very important bit of school history. The school was opened in 1938 and therefore would have been fully operational. The site was also used by the home guard.

  126. Rod said,

    March 13, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

    Hi Richard,
    the information I have to hand is on the site, hopefully more will the forthcoming, welcome to the site Richard
    Best
    Rod

  127. Richard Robinson said,

    March 14, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    thanks rod i am very interested in the history of caistor especially the area around the yarborough school.

  128. Richard Robinson said,

    March 14, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    i have just found this bit of interesting info.

    “Airborne from Hemswell on an air test, crashed at approx 1700 having been seen diving steeply from approx 1000 feet. Destruction was so great that the cause of the accident was not ascertainable by the investigators. Given the non-aircrew status of 5 of those on board, it must be assumed that they were groundcrew who had been invited along on the flight as a ‘jolly’. Noteworthy are the rank of the pilot and the presence onboard of an ATA pilot. W/C E.F.K. Campling DSO DFC KIA, 2nd Officer T. Whittall(ATA) KIA, Sgt T.D. Regan KIA, LAC R.P. Freer KIA, AC1 T. King KIA, AC1 H. Quinton KIA, AC1 A.H. Spiller KIA, AC1 E.R. Steventon KIA, AC2 G.V.F. Killick KIA.”

  129. History Hunter said,

    March 14, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    Richard, if you click the link it will take you back up to other comments about the same plane, which may enlighten you further. Interestingly, there was a female co-pilot at the time! (No jokes please)

    http://www.rodcollins.com/wordpress/lancaster-crashes-in-lincolnshire-lancaster-crash-sites#comment-28112

  130. Richard Robinson said,

    March 14, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    i have seen that information but wondered if any of you other nice people on here and any further information as when we spoke to i think the RAF history department they had no log of a plane crash at caistor on or around that date. very suspicious we thought at the time. This was a while ago and then this report came up which would maybe explain the lack of info from RAF.

    Richard

  131. Wayne said,

    May 14, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

    What a lovely site, nice to know the bravery and memories of such brave men are not forgotten, The men who flew these missions sometimes died in awful circumstances nice they are not forgotten. I have always been interested in lancasters and old air sites, i live near skellingthorpe so often go down to the poppies memorial site. Good on you for starting this site, nice to know some still care.

  132. Rod said,

    May 15, 2013 @ 7:28 am

    Wayne,
    thanks for the kind words and welcome to the site.
    All the best
    Rod

  133. philip tatley said,

    June 2, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

    sir, my dad was sgt.hubert thomas tatley,bomb aimer on lancaster w4182 that collided with 44 rhodesia sqdn. lancaster over bracebridge heath lincoln on 20-12-1942 whilst circling to gain altitude prior to attacking duisburg.i have all kinds of paperwork relating to the accident plus photos of the crew.my son has done some research and tells me that the flight engineer sgt.edward gardener had a daughter about the same age as myself who was involved with some kind of memorial in kent. do you know of this lady, if so i would like to contact her as tempus is fugiting very fast. all the best,good luck with your work,tat.

  134. Rod said,

    June 2, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    Hi Philip,
    thanks for the comment, much appreciated - I’m afraid I’ve no idea how to contact her.
    All the best
    Rod

  135. Linda Pope said,

    June 8, 2013 @ 2:10 am

    Hi there Rod,
    By way of short background, I am visiting the UK in July as part of an Australian Bomber Command military history tour. In preparation for the tour, I have been doing my own research into the death of my uncle, Rhodric L Pope, on a Lancaster which crashed near Caythorpe on 10th February 1945 with all lives lost. He was the wireless operator.
    I came across your site while searching the net and found the information contained in it most informative. What a wonderful initiative.
    One of your blogsters, Chalky, posted a note on 26 February 2012 that Chalky had discovered the site of the Lancaster crash in which my late uncle was killed. Is there any way I can make contact with Chalky to follow up on this lead, because I would really like to visit the site. I will be travelling with my father, Peter, who is Rhod’s younger brother and my mother and husband. I am sure visiting the site would be a very moving experience for my father.
    Thanks to Chalky, I am now going to contact David Theaker who has the farm where there is a small memorial to the Lancaster crew. By the way, the crew are buried in the RAF cemetery at Cambridge.
    I hope you can help me.
    Kind regards,
    Linda Pope
    Sydney Australia

  136. Rod said,

    June 8, 2013 @ 8:02 am

    Linda,
    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site - I hope your trip goes well.
    I’m afraid I don’t have the contact details of people who leave comments, sorry about that
    All the best
    Rod

  137. Paul Wagstaff said,

    June 15, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

    Hi Rod,
    Thanks for your extremely interesting site. I would like to add a little extra information to one of your entries if possible. 4th February 1943, 9 squadron Lancaster 111. at approx. 16:00hrs ED493 WS ‘P’ was lost after suffering ‘’structural failure'’ during a test flight, All 5 crew were killed. The aircraft crashed at ‘Youngs Farm’ Scopwick , the pilot Sgt CR Land is buried in the All Saints church yard, Weston Longville. His crew Sgt RJ Packer RAF VR , Sgt JT Levesque RCAF ,Sgt HF Gullery ,Sgt FV McGonigal are all commemorated at the RAF Memorial at Runnymeade.
    Sgt Ronald Jack Packer was my Grandmothers brother.
    If you could help with any further areas to investigate the crash further I would appreciate any help you or your readers may offer.

    Thanks again

    Paul Wagstaff

  138. George Hilton said,

    June 29, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    In response to Richard Robinson from Caistor school re the crash in April 1944, at the school playing field from what I recall I was sledging in North Street, with friends when we heard an explosion in the sky, there was a plane falling from the sky, out of the wreckage there were parachutes. The plane had crashed onto the school playing field, I believed it to be a Halifax, one of the main wheels had come to rest in the goal keepers net, parts of the plane were on fire, no one was killed. I believe at the time the headmaster of the school was NG Collins.
    There is a book called Lincolnshire Air War 1939-1945 by S Finn, who it was believed had emigrated to Australia, the original format was on crashed aircraft in Lincolnshire. S Finn served for 13 months July 1941 to August 1942 when serving on A flight NO.103 squadron Elsham Wolds. Printed and published Aerolitho company, Lincoln Limited, 1A-2A Beaumont Fee, Lincoln LN11UU Copyright 1973.

  139. richard robinson said,

    July 2, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    In response to Mr george hilton. The plane crash i originally referred to as a Halifax from the headmaster log as been verified by a member of local community and also yourself the date was 3 march 1944. If you would be able to contact caistor Yarborough and ask for myself i would be very interested n speaking with yourself thank you Richard robinson

  140. Wayne said,

    August 31, 2013 @ 6:17 am

    Hi Rod,

    Just a quick ‘thank you’ for all the research that has gone into your site.
    It’s a great resource for anyone looking for info on crashes in Lincolnshire.
    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers,
    Wayne.

  141. Rod said,

    August 31, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    Wayne,
    very kind of you, much appreciated, welcome to the site and I’m pleased it’s of some use/interest
    All the best
    Rod

  142. Adam said,

    September 16, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    I read about 10 years ago that the Belvoir Castle crash was in one of their lakes. Divers went down in the 60s to survey it and came out earlier than planned due to a massive pike. Shortly thereafter the then British Record Pike was caught at 39lbs in 1967. Just checked around google and it places the catch at the Knipton Reservoir, on the Belvoir Estate. The bomber hit trees and landed in the reservoir, according to some more reading up on it online, some of the debris was visible in the hot summers of the 70s when the lake dried up.

    A wing tip was recovered in the 70s by the local sub aqua club and is on display at the Newark Air Museum. Other accounts say it still held bombs, the pilot attempted to ditch and the bomber exploded on impact. This makes some sense as in 2001 a sonar mapping of the lake found 15 pieces (or maybe fields) of debris.
    A google search of Knipton Reservoir Lancaster brings up all of my sources on the front page

  143. Rod said,

    September 16, 2013 @ 8:16 am

    Adam,
    thanks for the great comment and welcome to the site
    All the best
    Rod

  144. Neil Mansfield said,

    September 25, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    9th April 1944 Lancaster I ME727 No.460 Sqn nr Binbrook

    Coded AR-X2. Airborne 2124 9th Apr from Binbrook to bomb the railway yards at Villeneuve-St-Georges, but crashed six minutes later into Scallows Wood, roughly 5 miles E of Binbrook. The four Australian crew members and both Air Gunners are buried in Cambridge City Cemetery. Sgt Barber is buried in Acock’s Green (St Mary) Churchyard. He was 35 years of age. P/O W.D.McKenzie RAAF KIA, Sgt S.Barber KIA, F/S W.D.Weekes RAAF KIA, F/S B.J.J.Simpson RAAF KIA, F/S R. Mansfield RAAF KIA, Sgt J.L.Crouch KIA, Sgt J.S.Pyne KIA.

  145. Graham Platt said,

    October 15, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Hi, I notice that several details of Lancaster crashes on here in comments have been copied directly from our site, BCAR. Whilst we don’t mind helping out and people quoting us, we’d appreciate attribution of text taken from our site please - we have gone to the trouble of obtaining permission to use copyrighted material on the site from the authors of those works on the grounds that we attribute copyright ownership where applicable and as we have added in our own research and fed this back to the original authors, we’d appreciate reciprocity from other sites using our information.

    Regards

    G.

  146. Rod said,

    October 15, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    Hi Graham,
    if you could provide a list of those who’ve copied text from your site I’ll delete all those comments.
    I have links at the top of each page about things like this but . . .

    http://www.rodcollins.com/wordpress/posting-guidelines-comment-guidelines

    Let me know which comments have been copied and I’ll delete them Graham, it’s not fair on your site nor do I want duplicate content on this site.
    Thanks and regards,
    Rod

  147. Dave said,

    October 24, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    I am looking for information of a Lancaster JB477 which went down in the peasoup fog on Dec 16 or 17th, 1943. Squadron 405 at Gransden Lodge.

    My great grand Uncle Gordon Raymond Schneider was the bomb aimer and deceased that night. I am just wondering if there is any news of really how this went down, ie. collided with another plane, hit the runway and crash landed….etc…6 out of the 7 aboard perished. Only the rear gunner Clair Nutting survived. Pilot was Cpt: Burus Alexander McLennan. Thanks for your help in advance.

  148. Rod said,

    October 24, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    Dave,
    thanks for the comment and welcome to the site - the only information I currently have is all above, sorry about that
    Perhaps something new will come to light in time
    All the best
    Rod

  149. Pieter Bruinsma said,

    October 28, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

    Hi Rod

    Can you and your readers help?

    I have been reading on the net, a few articles about Sgt. Ian C Clenshaw who crashed his Hurricane (P3359) whilst on dawn patrol on the 10th of July 1940 in bad weather. He crashed near Irby-Upon-Humber. As a Irby resident I am keen to find out if anyone knows the location of the crash? I have found out Sgt.Clenshaw was buried in his home town.

    Many thanks to all in advance.

    Pieter

  150. Richard Warwick said,

    November 12, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Hi there came across your amazing page using a search engine.
    Im currently researching about a lancaster that crashed on approach to raf scampton.
    I under the impression that it may of hit a power line or some thing along those lines, and wondered if you knew of any thing like this.
    I would be trully gratefull of any information you could possibly share.
    Thank-you
    Richard

  151. Rod said,

    November 12, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

    Richard,
    I put all my information on the site but if anybody else knows anything . . .
    Regards,
    Rod

  152. minnie said,

    November 12, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    for Richard Warwick
    I think it is this one - 57sqdn Lancaster DX-T returning to Scampton from Berlin which crashed near Riseholme after hitting a cable 2nd March 1943.
    There are some details on the Bomber County Aviation Resource Site ( crew names etc) and I dont want to duplicate or poach somebody elses work
    I may be wrong but I think I may have seen a newspaper clipping online for this aircraft and crew.

  153. minnie said,

    November 12, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Perhaps somebody could assist me on another lancaster? Crashed 43/44 101 sqdn on return to Ludford Magna close to New Pastures farm Legsby during the summer according to eyewitness.

  154. History Hunter said,

    November 12, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    Minnie,

    the only one I can find that tallies with your details is Lancaster JA965 which crashed ‘near Wickenby Airfield’ which is about 3 miles from Legsby. Shot down by an intruder on 28th September 1943. Crew names were Skipper, Hands, Kerr, Gulliver, Meredith, Phillips, Harris and Liersch. All KIA

  155. minnie said,

    November 13, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    HH thanks for that - had looked at that one, had thought it might be the one but had almost discounted it.

  156. Alicat said,

    February 28, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    Re: Lancaster crash at Caistor 8th April 2014- E F K Campling

    I emailed a while ago about the above crash which involved my relation Eric F K Campling. I just wanted to let anyone who is interested know that on the 5th of April this year, there is a memorial service for the crew who died and the dedication of a plaque to mark the spot where they died.

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