ED427 - EA-'O'

Took off from Fiskerton at 21:14 on 16/04/1943.
She was carrying 1x 4000 LCookie and 2x 1000 Lb general purpose bombs.
The route left England at Dungeness and proceeded to Pilsen via 3 turning points, these being 4937N 0205E, 4920N 0700E and 4855N 1230E.
The crew were:
Pilot F/O AV Bone (48898),
Nav Sgt CW Yelland 1578189,
W/Op Sgt RC White (134559),
B/A Sgt RJ Rooney (1238955),
F/Eng Sgt RNP Foster (545719),
Mid-Upper Sgt R Cope (1086776)
Rear Gunner Sgt BE Watt (R117198),

The body of Sgt White was recovered and is laid to rest in war grave 155/113.
ED427
Serial No: ED427 Mark: III Known Op's: 7

Nickname: None Traced

Service History:

49 Sqn del'd 24-12-42 EA-O, SOC 20-4-34

Listed As: FTR

Date: 17 April 1943

Target/Tasking: Pilzen

SOC/Crash Site: Laumersheim, Germany

Notes:

16/17-4-43: Take off 2114 Fiskerton. Part of a force of 327 aircraft - 197 Lancasters, 130
Halifaxes, tasked to attack Pilzen. The attack cantered on the Skoda armaments works took place in
clear conditions and in full moonlight. However as the main force crews had been briefed to
'visually' identify the works prior to bombing and to use the Pathfinder markers as a guide; bombing
was not satisfactory and many crews bombed a large asylum 7 miles from the factory in error.
Local reports confirmed the raids failure by stating that armaments works was not hit during the
attack. 37 aircraft, 11.31 percent were lost - 19 Lancasters, 18 Halifaxes. The cause of the
aircrafts lose is not recorded but crashed at Laumersheim, Germany. All of the crew, who were on
their second operational sortie, have no known graves and are commemorated on the Runnymede
Memorial. At the time of its loss the aircraft had accumulated a total of 147 hours on its airframe.

01-2010: crashed site was located and was expected to be excavated in the spring. It is believed
that the crew remain in board the aircraft.
From
Uwe Benkel & his Team
Uwe Benkel & His Team
Christian Schwein Perter Shreiber & Toni Stritzinger with some of the recovered parts
We located the crashsite of Lancaster ED 427 near the village of Laumersheim/Germany.
All crew members are listed as MIA. From eyewitness reports we do believe, remains of the crew are still in the wreckage in the ground. This spring we will try to recover the remains of the aircraft and the crew.
Can somebody help us to get more information about the aircraft, the crew. We also would like to get in contact with family members of the missing
Contact :- Uwe at
mu.benkel@t-online.de
Uwe and his team have located some parts from the crash site:-
ED427 - EA-'O'
Took off from Fiskerton at 21:14 on 16/04/1943.
She was carrying 1x 4000 LCookie and 2x 1000 Lb general purpose bombs.
The route left England at Dungeness and proceeded to Pilsen via 3 turning points, these being 4937N 0205E, 4920N 0700E and 4855N 1230E.

The crew were:

Pilot F/O AV Bone (48898),
Nav Sgt CW Yelland 1578189,
W/Op Sgt RC White (134559),
B/A Sgt RJ Rooney (1238955),
F/Eng Sgt RNP Foster (545719),
Mid-Upper Sgt R Cope (1086776)
Rear Gunner Sgt BE Watt (R117198),

The body of Sgt White was recovered and is laid to rest in war grave 155/113.
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Uwe Benkel and his team hope to recover this aircraft sometime in 2011
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