Lancaster HK 560 25/26 August 1944

Lancaster Mk I - PD274 KO-Y

T/O Witchford 2028 - target Russelheim, Germany.

Leaving the target area at 19,550 feet, collided with another Lancaster (KB775 from 419 Squadron) losing both port engines.

With their aircraft out of control, the crew baled out at 6,500 feet, S of Koblenz. F/O. Vinish RCAF sustained a broken leg and spent most, if not all of his captivity at Mulhausen.

Source: aviation-safety.net

412 Lancasters of Nos 1, 3, 6 and 8 Groups attacked the Opel motor factory at R├╝sselsreim.
15 Lancasters were lost, 3.6 per cent of the force.

The Pathfinder marking was accurate and the raid was successfully completed in 10 minutes.

An official German report. says that the forge and the gearbox assembly departments were put out of action for several weeks, but 90 per cent of the machine tools in other departments escaped damage. The assembly line and part of the pressworks were able to recommence work 2 days later and lorry assembly was unaffected because of considerable stocks of ready-made parts.

Source: nationalarchives.gov.uk - Bomber Command - Campaign Diary August 1944.

Lancaster PD274 Alldridge A. C. - Pilot

F/L. - Service No J27724

Age: - POW. *Was interned in Camp L3. PoW No.7725

RCAF

Son of

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Lancaster PD274 Bell L. - FE

Sgt - Service No

Age: POW. *Was interned in Camp L7. PoW No.693

Son of

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Lancaster PD274 Vinish H. A. - Nav

F/O - Service No J29843

Age: POW. *After some months in Hospital in Camp 9C, PoW No.52644.

RCAF

Son of

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Lancaster PD274 Agnew W. - WOP/Air

Sgt - Service No

Age: POW. *Was interned in Camp L7. PoW No.689

Son of

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Lancaster PD274 Epstein A. I. - Air Bomber

F/O - Service No J29386

Age: POW *No.7730.

RCAF

Son of

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Lancaster PD274 Kydd G. - MUG

F/S. - Service No J220333

Age: POW. *Was interned in Camp L7. PoW No.711

RCAF

Son of

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Lancaster PD274 Ames R. - RG

Sgt - Service No

Age: POW

Son of