NOTE: The recovery of the Lancaster is almost ready, see some pictures here. Among other things which identify the remains as a Lancaster they found the serialnumber of the engine. This number does not fit with the number of the engine of the ED470 as registrated. But there is still a chance that the crashed Lancaster is the ED470 because many times engines were changed without adjusting the registrationlogs.
At the date of 23-09-1944, time: H 22:30, the aircraft type Lancaster has been lost. The location of the plane was found at: Zelhem (Hummeloseweg 39). The unit of crew and plane is: 61 Sqdn. First flyer rank: Flying Officer, name: A.K. Hornibrook. The plane belonged to the Allied forces.
The plane left from Skellingthorpe at 1920 for a mission to Münster.
Lancaster ED470 (61 Squadron RAF). This is one of two Lancasters who crashed near the village on 23 September 1944.
Flying Officer Albert Keith Hornibrook (RAAF)
Sergeant Tegwyn Roberts
Flying Officer John James Condon (RAAF)
Flying Officer Derek Cecil Heather
Photo: Flying Officer Derek Heather
Sergeant Robert Stanley Meachen
Photo: Wirless Operator Robert Stanley Meachen (thanks to David Hulse)
Sergeant Thomas Brown
The Crew Lancaster ED470 are now commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
Family is visiting the crash location.Photos of the Flying Log Book.
Studio portrait of 412056 Sergeant (later Flying Officer) (FO)) John James Condon, 61 Squadron RAF of Lismore, NSW. A truck driver before enlisting on 21 June 1941 in Sydney, NSW. He undertook pilot training before joining 61 Squadron. FO Condon was killed on operation flying a Lancaster LD470 over Germany on 23 September 1944.
Source: Australian War Memorial
With thanks to Peter Monasso involved with the Crashmuseum at Lievelde and initiator of the recovery and Harrie Somsen involved with a project for schoolchildren.