Date & Time: Feb 1, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Avro 679 Manchester
Operator:
Registration:
L7472
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Military
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Woolfox Lodge - Woolfox Lodge
Country:
World
Region:
World
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The aircraft left RAF Woolfox Lodge at 1845LT on January 31 on a mission to Brest, France. On the return leg, the bomber was shot down by Flak. A crew member bailed out but his parachute failed to deploy and he was killed. The aircraft crashed into The Channel some 40 km north of Brest and was lost. A second crew member drowned while all six other occupants were rescued.
Crew (61st Squadron):
F/Lt R. D. Fraser,
Sgt Geoffrey Herbert Marshall, †
F/Lt W. H. Hannigan,
F/Sgt W. H. Shorrock,
Sgt A. W. Hadley,
Sgt B. H. Mullen,
F/Sgt Stephen Joseph MacLean, †
F/Sgt T. W. Walsh.
Probable cause:
Shot down by the German Flak.