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In the night of 4 to 5 May 1943, the RAF carried out a massive bombing raid on Dortmund in the Ruhr area. The largest number of bombers ever sent to a single target in a single night. A total of 596 aircraft take off from the various bases in England.

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The German interception service on the Channel has noticed the busy radio traffic over East England and has drawn its conclusion. The crews of Nachtjagdgeschwader 1 and 2 prepare themselves at their bases in Leeuwarden, Bergen, Twente, Deelen, Venlo and Gilze-Rijen to intercept the enemy bombers.

At 10:05 pm the Avro Lancaster Mk. I W4784 of No. 101 Squadron up from RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor in Yorkshire.

The aircraft has only flown for 12 hours and then it goes wrong. Around midnight Ofw. Fritz Kruse from 3./NJG1 radar contact. Cautiously, he creeps up and fires on the Stirling W4784. The aircraft crashed into the IJsselmeer at 00.10, 1 km north of Spakenburg. All crew members are killed.

Thirty-one aircraft do not return to their base after the mission.
(Source: Flevoland Heritage)


Type: Avro Lancaster Mk. I serienummer W4784, rompcode SR-E 
Gebouwd: Metropolitan Vickers

piloot Sgt. William Nicholson, die deze nacht zijn eerste missie vliegt als Captain.
Boordwerktuigkundige Sgt. Bernard William Squires,
navigator F/O Norman Ainsworth,
bommenrichter F/O Harold Keith Wainer,
radiotelegrafist/boordschutter Sgt. Geoffrey Eastwood,
boordschutter Sgt. Dennis William Rowley, Sgt. George Brick.


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