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Lancaster III ED494 crashed in the Baltic Sea 14/3-1943.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 9 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded WS-G.
T/O 20:08 Waddington. OP: Gardening Spinach (Sea off Gdynia)
At 00:10 a aircraft was shot down by flak and fell burning in the Baltic
west of Rønne on the island of Bornholm.
During the next days wreckage from the aircraft was found in the area and a dead
flyer with a attached parachute was observed in the water, but disappeared
before he could be retrieved. There have been found nothing which could identify
the aircraft, but the only one which it can possibly be is Lancaster ED404.
The crew of Pilot F/S Howard C. Lewis RCAF, Sgt Douglas Cowie, Sgt Raymond L.
Laycock, Sgt John I. Mitchell, Sgt Reginald C. Hitchcock, Sgt Richard F.
Cunningham and Sgt John H. Howorth have no known graves and are commemorated on
the Runnymede Memorial.
Sources: CWGC, BCL, LBUK.
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