Date & Time: Aug 17, 1941 at 0152 LT
Type of aircraft:
Avro 679 Manchester
Operator:
Registration:
L7384
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Bombing
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Coningsby - Coningsby
Country:
Belgium
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew left RAF Coningsby at 2250LT on August 16 on a bombing mission over Düsseldorf. While passing the border between The Netherlands and Belgium, the aircraft was shot down by the pilot of a German fighter. The captain was able to reduce his altitude and attempted an emergency landing in a field. Five crew members were taken POW, another one was killed while the seventh was seriously injured. He died few days later from his injuries.
Crew (97th Squadron):
F/L J. L. Nunn,
Sgt P. W. Ratcliff,
F/S W. Wood,
W/O J. N. Ashmore,
Sgt H. Curries,
Sgt A. G. Smith, †
F/S F. Williams. †
Probable cause:
Shot down by a German night fighter.