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F/O E D Candler RAFVR and crew – 103 Squadron – RAF Elsham Wolds – 1945

Hit by another aircraft at airfield on return – 10/11th April 1945 – Avro Lancaster III – PA217 – Op Plauen

103 Squadron Candler and crew

F/O Candler and his crew were posted to 103 Squadron at RAF Elsham Wolds from Heavy Conversion Unit 71 Base on the 19th March 1945. They completed the following operations :-

03-Apr-45 - Nordhausen - Lancaster - PA278 – F/O ED Candler

09-Apr-45 - Kiel - Lancaster - N/K – F/O ED Candler

10-Apr-45 - Plauen - Lancaster - PA217 – F/O ED Candler - Accident on return with RF193. Rear Gunner F/O Mayers killed.

No.103 Squadron RAF Lancaster PA217 (coded  PM-Z) was damaged on 11 April 1945 at 0320 hrs on return from operations to Plauen. The aircraft had stopped in the position indicated by the Marshaller. The engines had been shut down. Most of the crew had  disembarked. The pilot was about to switch off the aircraft lights when  it was struck by taxying 103 Squadron Lancaster RF193 (coded PM-G).  Pilot F/O E.D. Candler and five of his crew were unhurt; however,  rear-gunner F/O B. Mayers was killed in the incident.

30-Apr-45 - Leiden - Lancaster - RF229 – F/O ED Candler

01-May-45 - Rotterdam - Lancaster - RF229 – F/O ED Candler

03-May-45 - Rotterdam - Lancaster - RA579 – F/O ED Candler

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F/O Bernard Mayers RAFVR – Air Gunner - 32 – 103 Sqn - Son of James and Hannah Mayers and husband of Mary Agnes Mayers of Grange-over-Sands - Grange over Sands Cemetery, Lancashire - Killed when his Lancaster was hit by another whilst taxying at Elsham Wolds

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Lancaster - PA217

28-Jan-45 - Stuttgart/Zuffenhausen - Lancaster - PA217 – F/O AL Stepharnoff RCAF

01-Feb-45 - Ludwigshafen - Lancaster - PA217 – F/O AL Stepharnoff RCAF - Combats. Attacked 3 times by night fighters over target and homebound. Rear gunner injured. Landed at Manston

10-Apr-45 - Plauen - Lancaster - PA217 – F/O ED Candler - Accident on return with RF193. F/O Mayers killed

Compiled by David Fell. Photo from my archive.

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