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Lancaster NE172 6O-T 582 Sqn

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  • johanb49
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • May 2015
    • 27

    Lancaster NE172 6O-T 582 Sqn

    I've been looking at a picture of a lancaster NE172 6O-T who has served in the 582 sqn in the year 1944. This has crashed not far from my hometown De Panne - Adinkerke (Belgium) on 14-15 June 1944. In 1996 I've found the crash place due to found relics of the Lanc & some local research. Last week, I had contact with 1 of the relatives of WO / AG W/O Walter SMITH DFC ServiceN 1483335 who was aboard, who died with his crew unfortunately in the crash and is buried in Koksijde. The family is looking after a picture of Walter Smith, or the Lancaster or the crew. Could you help me in this quest? Any other info is also welcome.

    Johan Samyn
    Warrant Officer
    SAR-Base Koksijde
    Veurnestraat 293
    B8660 De Panne
    Mobile 0032476455492

    Data from the crew:
    Date : 14/15 June 1944
    Place: 4km SW Adinkerke (Westhoek duinen)
    Aircraft: Lancaster III
    Aircraft code: 6O-T
    S/N: NE172
    Squadron: 582 (Pathfinder Force)
    Base: Little Staughton, Cambridgeshire
    Target: railway stations at Rouai, Cumbrai and St.-Pol
    Time: 2.24h
    Shot down by: Oblt Werner Hopf BF 110 G-4 8./NJG5
    Crew: buried at Coxyde Cemetery
    Pilot: F/L John Henri HEWITT DFC 1610083
    FE: P/O Vincent Brian CROSBY DFM 179049 33 y
    Nav: P/O Harry Louis WILSON DFM 172790 27 y
    Nav: P/O Robert Londsdale CLENAHAN DFC 175564 23 y
    AG/B: P/O Denis FLYNN DFC 177272 31
    WO/AG: W/O Walter SMITH DFC 1483335 21 y
    AG: F/S Gilbert Valentine COTTRELL 1350378 23 y
    AG: F/S Albert BOUCH DFM 1336404 21 y
    Last edited by johanb49; 8th May 2015, 22:37.
  • BobKat
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Nov 2012
    • 886


    I have been researching another aircraft from 582 Sqn - ED908 60-Z - shot down on 20 July 1944. I have found photographs of 582 Sqn aircraft very difficult to find. I wish you luck with your research. I have several pictures of Little Staughton airfield as it is today, but again very few of it during its wartime use.

    You might find the attached Roll of Honour of interest.
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