Battle of Britain Memorial Flight News

Raising of 61 Squadron Lancaster

The BBMF Lancaster has a flypast planned on 3 October to honour the crew of Lancaster R5682 of 61 Sqn, shot down in the Friesland area of the Netherlands en route to Bremen in Germany on 4/5 September, 1942, with a crew of four British and three Canadians.

The aircraft, which took off from RAF Syerston, had been hit by flak near the Dutch coast and was then finished off by a night-fighter. Four of the crew were taken prisoner of war, two who did not survive were buried in the Netherlands, but the tail-gunner, Flt Sgt James Cooper RCAF, was missing in action. Maybe that mystery will be solved.

Leemans Speciaalwerken have been running the project - see here for more on the progress.

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