Lancaster PB754 was being utilised on an Operation Dodge sortie to Bari commencing on 15th August 1945.
Its crew comprised:
- GHW Slaughter
The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “Shortly after it was due to take off from Bari on 17th August 1945, aircraft PB754, which had flown there on 15th August 1945, was badly damaged whilst picketed, by another aircraft which swung badly on take off. The aircraft, which fortunately was unoccupied at the time, was severed midway along the fuselage”
The AM Form 1180 (Accident Card) shows “Aircraft parked near runway with engine stopped and no crew aboard was collided with and severely damaged by Lancaster ME834 (No. 115 Squadron) which swung off runway on take off”
The AM Form 78 (Movement Card) shows that the aircraft was struck off charge of the squadron