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Crash site of Lancaster R5914-ZN
21/12/1942

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Unit: 106 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: R5914-ZN
Base: Syerston
Mission: Munchen
Crew officer: F/Sgt BRINKHURST, JOHN DERRICK
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)

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Facts

Takeoff at 17:10 hrs for a bombing operation against München in Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Leutnant Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer & Unteroffizier Fritz Rumpelhardt of the Stab II./NJG 1, who were flying Bf 110 F-4 G9+CC from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield.
The Luftwaffe patrols found human remains between the debris and secured them in two crates. These paltry remains were given two crosses. Two 'Unnbekannter Fliegern' were not buried until ten days later, probably because of winter conditions. It was only in 1947 that the CWGC had found out that there were actually three dead.

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The crew of the Lancaster R5914-ZN (Courtesy Laura Males)

Sources:
Aviation Safety
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
Aircrew Remembered
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