Lancaster ND703 (21/05/1944)

Lancaster ND703 was one of eleven No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg on the night of 21st / 22nd May 1944

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • R Blakey (Pilot)
  • GD Woodrow (Navigator)
  • FGR Edwards (Air Bomber)
  • LA Markham (Wireless Operator)
  • W Andrew (Air Gunner)
  • TJ Crane (Air Gunner)
  • HR Bowerman (Flight Engineer)

The route was: 5300N 0300E, 5310N 0525E, 5215N 0655E, Target, 5110N 0640E, 5115N 0550E, 5210N 0425E, 5220N 0300E

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “port outer engine caught fire at 5218N 0418E at 02.20hrs (19000ft) and completely burnt out; cause unknown” (Timing suggests that aircraft was on homeward route)


AM Form 78

The movement card shows that the aircraft was classified as FB/AC; it was returned to the squadron on 3rd June 1944

AM Form 1180

The accident card (which is difficult to read) confirms engine fire and appears to suggest it was due to the fracture of an oil pipe