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Current record for: Frank Charles Webb
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Name Frank Charles Webb
Born in Not Known
Resident of Holloway, Islington
Died 04/10/1943
Age 23

Cause of Death Died in the loss of Lancaster III (Reg. JA972 OL-D)

Cemetery or memorial Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom
Grave or panel reference Panel 122.

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World War 2
Strategic bombing campaign - loss of aircraft off Dutch coast 1943
Loss of Lancaster III (Reg. JA972 OL-D)

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Lancaster III JA972 crashed in the North Sea off Holland 4/10-1943.

The aircraft belonged to RAF 83 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded OL-D.

Take Off 18:55 from RAF Wyton (near Huntingdon). Objective: Kassel (in Northern Germany).

The Lancaster was approaching the Isle of Vlieland. There the Flak batteries plotted the aircraft in Western direction between 21.13 and 21.14 hrs local time and the guns opened fire with 32 x 10,5 cm Sprng Patr L44. After this burst the Lancaster started burning and turned towards the South West. Through the clouds the glow of the Lancaster was clearly visible.

Just after it had dropped its incendiary bomb load, it exploded into four pieces. The wreckage crashed in the sea at 21.17 hrs just between beach poles 21 and 22 on the island of Texel killing the crew of seven.

Pilot S/L John E. R. Hayter DFC, W/Op John K. Prudhoe and Air Gnr. F/O A lbert J. Ellis RCAF rest in Texel General Cemetery, Holland.

Flt. Engr. F/S Garth S. Taylor RCAF rest in Westerschelling General Cemetery, Holland.

Navigator F/L Frank C. Webb DFM and Air Bomber F/S George J.T. Horton have no known grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

The dead body of Air Gnr. F/L Frank R. Heeley was found washed ashore on Meyers sand near Sønderho on the island of Fanø on 31/12 1943 and was laid to rest in Fovrfelt cemetery on 4/1 1944.

Relative(s)      Relative(s)
  • Frank William Webb, Father
  • Isabel Webb, Mother
Military Information Military Information

Rank Flight Lieutenant
Service Number 116652
Unit 83 Squadron
Regiment Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Air
Enlisted in Not Known
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Flight Lieutenant Frank Charles Webb (d 1943)