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Lancaster GR Mk 3 over Filfla c1952

37 Squadron.
Crashed on Luqa village 30 Dec 1952- See ToM.

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MacHead   [Jan 19, 2013 at 07:36 AM]
I'm reliably informed by a friend that SW344 joined 37 Sqdn April 1951 and crashed 15 January 1953.
Prefect   [Jan 22, 2013 at 03:19 AM]
Thanks. However according to Wiki that was a different aircraft - "15 January 1953 : Two RAF aircraft, Vickers Valetta, VX562, and an Avro Lancaster, TX270, collide over the Mediterranean Sea with 26 killed. "
MacHead   [Jan 22, 2013 at 07:05 AM]
Indeed TX270 was a different incident reported recently in TofM . I went to the same boarding school with Stephen Chandler after the crash.
SW344 is recorded as 'Crashed on Luqa village after take-off from runway 06 due to engine failure. Lancaster hit a house, continued to plough through three others, and damaged another 14. Three crew and one civilian died, and two suffered injuries.' Accident occured 30.12.52
Prefect   [Jan 22, 2013 at 08:09 AM]
Right, I've added a link. Seems to have been a bad time for Lancasters. The TX270 report is here.

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