207 Squadron's Manchester losses
by serial

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

L7278 - EM-A Harwood FB - engine fire, hit tree in forced landing 15m E Wymondham, Leics returning from op - 4d - Lorient - 21.3.41
L7279 EM-B to 61 Sqn: 39MU: RAE: 39MU: written off 11.10.43
L7280 to 44 Sqn Conversion Flight: 83 Sqn: 83 Sqn Conversion Flight: 1654 CU: 1660CU: written off 15.10.43
L7282 to 97 Sqn: 39MU: 12 SoTT: SOC date unknown
L7283 to 25 OTU: 97 Sqn Conversion Flight : 1660 CU: 10 AGS as instructional airframe 3743M: SOC date unknown
L7284 EM-D to 61 Sqn: 39MU: SOC date unknown
L7286 to 61 Sqn Conversion Flight: 83 Sqn: 1660 CU: SOC 7.3.43 after stbd engine caught fire and a/c belly landed Waddington
L7288 EM-H to 97 Sqn: 61 Sqn: 1654 CU: SOC date unknown
L7290 to 97 Sqn: 49 Sqn: lost on Cologne 30/31.5.42
L7291 to 97 Sqn: 106 Sqn: 50 Sqn: 1654 CU: burnt out 4.4.43
L7292 to 97 Sqn: 61 Sqn: 39MU: SOC 10.11.43
L7293 to 1660 Conversion Unit: SOC 15.10.43
L7294 to 97 Sqn: 61 Sqn: 1654 CU: SOC 26.4.43 after engine misfired and caught fire, a/c stalled on approach, crashed & burnt out
L7297 to 1660 (?1661 according to Kirby) Conversion Unit : SOC 26.5.43 after engine fire in flight and emergency landing, u/c retracted stop overshoot
L7298 to 97 Sqn: 1654 CU: SOC 9.9 42 after belly landing off aerodrome
L7299 to 97 Sqn:
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 - 23.1.41
L7302 EM-R Hyde H - crashed Hostrup, Germany, flak damage - all p - Kiel - 9.4.41
L7303 EM-P Siebert JA - encountered flak: engine failure: night fighter Oblt Herzog 3/NJG1 Eindhoven: crashed Bakel, Holland - 1d 5p - Düsseldorf - 28.3.41
L7304 to 61 Sqn: lost Kiel 27.6.41
L7307 to 97 Sqn
L7309 EM-J/O Dawkins G - shot down by Oblt Schoenert II/NJG2, crashed Sandel/Moens, nr Jever Germany - 1d 5p - Hamburg - 15.1.42
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 - 21.6.41
L7311 EM-F Keartland HG - shot down by ?Bf110 I/NJG1 Venlo, Hpt W Streib, crashed Kruchten, Germany - all p - Düsseldorf - 17.8.41
L7312 EM-L Bowes-Cavanagh DB - shot down by Bf110 of II/NJG1 Leeuwarden, Ofw P Gildner, crashed Eschen, Belgium - 1p 6d - Cologne - 14.10.41
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 - 13.3.41
L7314 EM-T/Y Withers JGD - shot down in error by 25 Sqn Beaufighter at Wollaston, Northants - all d - Boulogne - 22.6.41
L7316 EM-U Gilderthorp TR - shot down by flak on approach to target, caught fire, crashed Oberkruechen, Germany - 2p 4d - Cologne - 1.9.41
L7317 EM-C to 106 Sqn
L7318 EM-K Crump EEG - dived into ground S Hykeham, Lincs, whilst in circuit near Waddington with 6 ground crew aboard - training - 10d - 15.9.41
L7319 EM-X to 106 Sqn
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 - 13.10.41
L7322 EM-B/Q - Bayley GR - hit by flak, crashed in sea near Ile Longue - 7d - Brest - 9.1.42
L7373 EM-T Paskell L - shot down by ?Bf110 of III/NJG1, Twente, Gefr Bruhnke, crashed SW Lommel, Belgium - 1p 1e 5d - Cologne - 4.10.41
L7377 EM-G Taylor GR - shot down by flak, crashed Gross-Beeren/Tetlow nr Berlin - 1p 5d - Berlin - 13.8.41
L7378 EM-A/M to 106 Sqn
L7379 EM-T Pinchbeck D - damaged by flak, crew baled out, pilot force landed near Hamburg - all p - Hamburg - 3.5.41
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 - 8.9.41
L7381 EM-R Smith M - Shot down by Dornier 215 crashed Lange Dijk, Holland - 6d - Berlin - 13.8.41
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 - 6.8.42
L7387 to 97 Sqn
L7389 to 83 Sqn
L7391 EM-Y to 106 Sqn
L7393 EM-V Mackintosh JC - starboard engine failed in flight, overshot landing at Perranporth, retracted undercarriage to stop, hit truck - all 5 safe - training - 18.5.41 - became 2660M instructional airframe 25 OTU 7.9.41
L7397 to 1660 Conversion Unit
L7419 EM-H/K to 50 Sqn
L7420 to 1660 Conversion Unit
L7422 EM-V Birch PC - 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
L7425 EM-C to 50 Sqn
L7432 EM-J/Z to 50 Sqn
L7453 to 97 Sqn
L7454 EM-M to 61 Sqn
L7455 EM-G to 50 Sqn
L7457 to 97 Sqn
L7468 EM-Z to 50 Sqn
L7476 EM-K to 50 Sqn
L7480 EM-L to 61 Sqn
L7483 EM-O/H became 3749M as an instructional airframe at 12 SoTT 17.6.43
L7484 EM-F/P to 83 Sqn
L7485 EM-G/D to 106 Sqn
L7486 EM-P/Z to 50 Sqn
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 - 21.10.41
L7488 EM-Q to 106 Sqn
L7491 EM-O to 50 Sqn
L7515 EM-S to 106 Sqn
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 - 14.1.42
L7526 to 1656 Conversion Unit
R5778 to 50 Sqn
R5782 EM-R to 50 Sqn
R5788 to 83 Sqn
R5790 to 83 Sqn
R5791 EM-V to 1485 Flight
R5796 EM-S/W to 106 Sqn
R5833 to 83 Sqn
R5835 to 83 Sqn


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)