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McDonnell, Leslie Maxwell (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1943-June-17

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Birth Date: 1921 (age 22)

Edward and Margaret Mary McDonnell

Daphne May McDonnell, of Casino, New South Wales, Australia

Service
RAAF
Unit
460 Sqn- Squadron (RAAF)
Strike And Return
Rank
Flight Sergeant
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Service Numbers
414255

Lancaster Mk.III W5007

Bombing Cologne Germany 1943-June-17 to 1943-June-17

460 Australia Squadron (Strike And Return). Lancaster W5007 took off from RAF Binbrook at 2302 hours on the night of 16 June 1943 detailed to attack Cologne, Germany. The aircraft called up Binbrook to say that the hydraulic system had been shot away and they were very badly damaged. Shortly after at 0445 hours on 17 June, W 5007 crashed at Elsham Wolds. Casualties included RCAF Sgt. W. Brodie (air gunner); RAAF Flt. Sgt's. N.O.B. Flitcroft (air gunner), L.M. McDonnell (air bomber), and J.C. Plummer (navigator); and RAF Sgt's. D.J.D. Strath (pilot), D.S. Gent (wireless operator / air gunner) and R.T. Harman (flight engineer).

Britain Source RAF Commands Database

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Burial
Google Map Brigg Cemetery, UK
Plot B RC Grave 2

Crew on Lancaster Mk.III W5007

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.III W5007



460 Sqn- Squadron (RAAF) Strike And Return

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