207 Squadron's Manchester losses
by date

The normal crew complement for a Manchester was 6: d = died: p = POW: e = evaded:
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Serial No - Mark- Sqn Code - Pilot - Crew fate - Target & date

23.1.41 - L7300 EM-S/F Hills AW - engine cut out on approach, hit ground and skidded into Fiskerton Lake 8m E of Lincoln - all safe - training
13.3.41 - L7313 EM-C Matthews HV - shot down by Ju88 intruder of I/NJG2 Gilze-Rijen, Oblt H Hahn after take off, crashed at Whisby, Lincs - 5d - Hamburg
21.3.41 - L7278 - EM-A Harwood FB - engine fire, hit tree in forced landing 15m E Wymondham, Leics returning from op - 4d - Lorient
28.3.41 - L7303 EM-P Siebert JA - encountered flak: engine failure: night fighter Oblt Herzog 3/NJG1 Eindhoven: crashed Bakel, Holland - 1d 5p - Düsseldorf
9.4.41 - L7302 EM-R Hyde H - crashed Hostrup, Germany, flak damage - all p - Kiel
3.5.41 - L7379 EM-T Pinchbeck D - damaged by flak, crew baled out, pilot force landed near Hamburg - all p - Hamburg
18.5.41 - L7393 EM-V Mackintosh JC - starboard engine failed in flight, overshot landing at Perranporth, retracted undercarriage to stop, hit truck - all 5 safe - training - became 2660M instructional airframe 25 OTU 7.9.41
21.6.41 - L7310 EM-H Kydd CJF - loose tappet nut led to blockage, engine cut out after taking off, crash landed & hit bank E side Sleaford Road, Dunstan Pillar, Lincs: Kydd was CO - 2d - training
22.6.41 - L7314 EM-T/Y Withers JGD - shot down in error by 25 Sqn Beaufighter at Wollaston, Northants - all d - Boulogne
13.8.41 - L7377 EM-G Taylor GR - shot down by flak, crashed Gross-Beeren/Tetlow nr Berlin - 1p 5d - Berlin
13.8.41 - L7381 EM-R Smith M - Shot down by Dornier 215 crashed Lange Dijk, Holland - 6d - Berlin
17.8.41 - L7311 EM-F Keartland HG - shot down by ?Bf110 I/NJG1 Venlo, Hpt W Streib, crashed Kruchten, Germany - all p - Düsseldorf
1.9.41 - L7316 EM-U Gilderthorp TR - shot down by flak on approach to target, caught fire, crashed Oberkruechen, Germany - 2p 4d - Cologne
8.9.41 - L7380 EM-W Lewis WJ - damaged by unknown night-fighter near Kiel, force landed on beach at Ameland Island, Frisians returning from op - all p - Berlin
15.9.41 - L7318 EM-K Crump EEG - dived into ground S Hykeham, Lincs, whilst in circuit near Waddington with 6 ground crew aboard - 10d - training
4.10.41 - L7373 EM-T Paskell L - shot down by ?Bf110 of III/NJG1, Twente, Gefr Bruhnke, crashed SW Lommel, Belgium - 1p 1e 5d - Cologne
13.10.41 - L7321 EM-D Unsworth J - shot down by Bf110 G9+KH of I/NJG1, St Trond, Oblt Griese, crashed Hozemont, Belgium - 5d 2e - Hüls/Cologne
14.10.41 - L7312 EM-L Bowes-Cavanagh DB - shot down by Bf110 of II/NJG1 Leeuwarden, Ofw P Gildner, crashed Eschen, Belgium - 1p 6d - Cologne
21.10.41 - L7487 EM-N Ruck-Keene JCL - ran out of fuel ditched 10m N of Gt Yarmouth on returning from mine laying sortie - all 7d - Sassnitz
26.10.41 - L7422 EM-V Birch PC - 31.8.41 damaged in night fighter attack over Netherlands en route to Cologne - 2nd pilot baled out POW - Beauchamp KHP - feathering test, after unfeathering starboard engine pilot failed to switch on ignition, lost height, belly landed Hardings Farm, Linwood 1m S Market Rasen - all 13 safe - 26.10.41 SOC 9.43
9.1.42 - L7322 EM-B/Q - Bayley GR - hit by flak, crashed in sea near Ile Longue - 7d - Brest
14.1.42 - L7523 EM-M Wescombe BC - crashed Cliff Farm House, Holmpton, nr Withernsea, E Yorks at 2045 having been airborne over 3hrs, therefore likely to be homebound, destroyed by fire - all 7d - Hamburg
15.1.42 - L7309 EM-J/O Dawkins G - shot down by Oblt Schoenert II/NJG2, crashed Sandel/Moens, nr Jever Germany - 1d 5p - Hamburg
6.8.42 - L7385 EM-O/U Pearson AS - Lancaster R5550 of 207's Conversion Flight (Sgt FS Akerman) taxied on to flarepath at Bottesford and was hit by L7385 which was landing, destroyed by fire - 2d (+3d in Lancaster) - training


Any errors in the above information may be as a result of the editor's transcription or misunderstanding or inconsistency, all of which can be corrected in due course.
Sources do not always agree, e.g. on crash information, and the editor has much work yet to do.
Any improving contributions to the editor,
Frank Haslam, please.


Always Prepared - The Story of 207 Squadron Royal Air Force, John Hamlin (Air-Britain, 1999)
Avro Manchester - The Legend behind the Lancaster, Robert Kirby (Midland Publishing, 1995)