What happened to the plane that crash landed in Spalding?

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Aviation historian Alastair Goodrum can tell us what happened after Avro Manchester L7427 crash landed in 1941.

In his book Dying to Fly he says: “It was dismantled, removed from the potato field, eventually repaired and then re-issued as OL-Q to No83 Squadron at RAF Scampton.

“Problems or not, Manchesters had to return to service out of sheer operational necessity.

“On its 15th operation, a raid on Hamburg on the night of April 8/9, 1942, it failed to return. It was subsequently established that L7427 had crashed north east of Cloppenburg, en route to Hamburg.”

All but one of the crew died, but flight engineer Plt Off Peter Lovegrove managed to bale out and was made a prisoner of war. He died in captivity on November 12, 1942.

Alastair says by 1942, the Avro Manchester had been redesigned and re-engined to become “that most reliable and famous” of the RAF’s bombers, the Avro Lancaster.