Date & Time: Dec 8, 1941 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Avro 679 Manchester
Operator:
Registration:
L7494
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Bombing
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Woolfox Lodge - Woolfox Lodge
Country:
France
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
7
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The aircraft left RAF Woolfox Lodge at 1742LT on a bombing mission over Boulogne, with 19 other similar aircraft. While approaching the French coast, the bomber exploded and crashed into the sea few miles off shore. All seven crew members were killed.
Crew (61st Squadron):
S/L John Lawrence Riley, pilot,
Sgt Cyril Leslie Wells, copilot,
F/Sgt John Wilson, radio navigator,
P/O Reginald Adcock, flight engineer,
Sgt James Crawford, air gunner,
Sgt James Benjamin Leight, air gunner,
Sgt John Victor Randall, air bomber.