My story about this Whitley V,
In 1983 i spotted this crashsite after i spoke with a lokal farmer who told me that somewhere in this area a big bomber crashed in WW2.
So after couple of days i found the wreckplace in the midlle of a big swamp (as you can see on the pictures underneath)
At this time i was to young to have any idea what happend here in WW2.
Now 2004 i started searching again on the crashsite and its now "almmost clean" after weeks of digging in the black mud..
After cleaning all parts i found out that there was a majoure fire at the crashsite.
A lot of parts were destroyed by the fire.
Some parts were penetrated and have holes from the messerschmitt 13MM GUNFIRE.
After a long search i found out what airplane it was, because nobody knew it in my town.
I always had in mind it was a Avro Lancaster but now its clear that it was a Armstrong Whitworth Whitley MK V.
i found out that this German Pilot also shot down the Vickers Wellington HE727
from squadron 428
witch crashed in Holland
august 1941 A WHITLEY
V from Squadron 51 "medium bomber" with Serialnumber Z6505
and code MH-F,
and code MH-F,
of at Dishforth Yorkshire at
20.59 PM for a mission at
At 01.30 AM this bomber was being shotdown by 13MM gunfire from The "MG131"
from Messerschmitt BF 110
Hans-Dieter Frank of I./NJG1
Hans Dieter Frank I/NJG 1 was killed in a aircrash together with his telegrafist Gotter
On september 27-1943 when his Heinkel 219 Celke
Crashed in "mid-air" with a messerschmitt Bf110 25 kilometer west of Hannover.
Hans-dieter Frank age 23 was burried on the cemetery in Bergen-Gladbach near Keulen and 26 years old Erich Gotter in his
HANS-DIETER FRANK (middle) Killed in Aircrash 27/ 28-09-1943
A by Hans-dieter signed document.
Pilot Sgt KING J C W POW Prisoner No 6432 in Stalag Luft III Sagan
Pilot2 F/Sgt POWELL C J RCAF POW Prisoner No 23609 in Stalag 357 Kopernikus
Obs F/O TEMPLER E R POW Prisoner No 3754 in Stalag Luft III Sagan
W/Ag Sgt THOMPSON V POW Prisoner No 23605 in Stalag 357 Kopernikus
W/Ag F/Sgt LACHARITE A R RCAF POW Prisoner No 23603 in Stalag 357 Kopernikus
LACHARITE, FS (now F/O) Roger Alfred (R62734/J96155) - British Empire Medal - No.51 Squadron - Award effective 11 February 1947 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 107/47 dated 28 February 1947. Born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, 23 August 1919; home there. Educated at St.Patrick's Academy and Seminaire St.Charles Boromee. Reserve Militia, 1938. Enlisted in Sherbrooke, 23 July 1940. Trained at Trenton (No.2 BGS); received WAG wing, February 1941. and formally graduated 17 March 1941. Discharged October 1945; later employed by Bell as line foreman.
Flight Sergeant Lacharite was a member of the crew of an aircraft which was shot down over Holland on 25th August 1941. He was captured by the Germans after landing by parachute, and taken first to Dulag Luft, and a month later to Stalag VIIIB at Lamsdorf. By changing identities with a New Zealander, Flight Sergeant Lacharite managed to be sent out on a working party and made three escapes, all of which were eventually unsuccessful, although on the first occasion he was at liberty for three months and on the second and third occasions he reached Prague and the Polish border respectively. After the last attempt, his true identity was discovered and Flight Sergeant Lacharite was sent to Stalag Luft III at the end of July 1942. Subsequently he engaged in tunnelling and other escape activities. In the autumn of 1944 the whole group was moved to Fallingbostel where this airman worked in liaison with French workmen in order to obtain passports, food and equipment for the use of escapers. Later, while on the march from Stalag 357, Flight Sergeant Lacharite and a companion left the column on the fifth day of the march, and after three days in the woods, made contact with Allied troops. Throughout his period of captivity, Flight Sergeant Lacharite showed great determination to escape and also to assist other escapers. He set a fine example to his fellow prisoners.