[Avro Lancaster Mark I W4318 and airmen of No. 103 Squadron in English Channel]

Unknown Photographer

13 Apr 1943
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Maker and Role
Unknown Photographer
Production Date
13 Apr 1943
Showing the fuselage, right wing and right tail fin still above water. At the tail of the Lancaster is the dinghy, one crewman sits in the dingy and a second crewman stands on the left tail fin. They are both holding a rope. The crash is mentioned in Sqaudron Leader John Stoneman's pilot's flying log book in an entry dated 13 April 1943. The crash occured during an operation to Spezia when the aircraft was hit by flak over the target resulting in the petrol tanks being holed. Also mentions the successful ditching of the Lancaster in the Channel with all crew uninjured and being picked up by air force rescue three and a half hours later. Crew on that flight listed as P/O Elder, P/O Bryan, F/S Flynn, F/S McMahon, Sgt. Stanley, and Sgt. Dixon.
Physical Description
1 photograph : black and white ; 8 x 12.5 cm
"Lancaster aircraft." / "C - Charlie ditched in English Channel April 1943. The navy attempted to tow her in but failed." / "See entry for April 13, 1943, in the log book of John S. Stoneman, R.A.F." / "Apr 43." -on verso. Hand-written
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Credit Line
Unknown Photographer. 13 Apr 1943. [Avro Lancaster Mark I W4318 and airmen of No. 103 Squadron in English Channel], MSS-0135-1.3. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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