Aerial view of a Lancaster bomber of No 463 Squadron RAAF flying low over the town of St Cyr, ...

Accession Number P03127.002
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made France
Date made 25 July 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Aerial view of a Lancaster bomber of No 463 Squadron RAAF flying low over the town of St Cyr, France, just prior to crashing on 25 July 1944. The aircraft's starboard (right) inner engine is on fire and the remaining engines are losing fuel. The aircraft's crew parachuted out shortly after this photograph was taken; three of the crew, 426527 Warrant Officer (WO) Edward Burke (gunner); 426565 WO Edward John Fallon (air bomber) and 417899 WO John Barnes Sincock (navigator), were taken prisoner of war (POW). Two more crew members, 417833 Flying Officer Donald Charles Gundry (pilot) and 426691 Flight Sergeant Vernon John Scheldt, were killed during this operation.

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