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  1. Paul Beauchamp says

    The Manchester in this film clip, EM O orange L7483 was with 207 Squadron and principly flown by my father, S/L \"Penny\" Beauchamp. It came to a sticky end on 27th Dec 1941. Shortly after taking off for a night raid on Düsseldorf the fully loaded aircraft struggled to gain height, the starboard engine then lost power and failed completely (the Manchester was notorious for its frequent engine failures, hydraulic failure and a host of other serious problems). Ditching the bomb load in the channel and still losing height, they turned for home and the nearest airfield. On the final approach with undercarriage and flaps down, the flare path lights were suddenly turned off leaving them in total darkness. Guessing the position of the runway, they landed heavily, punching the undercarriage through the wings and slithering to a halt on its belly with gallons of high octane fuel gushing out from the ruptured tanks. Miraculously all the crew escaped but the aircraft was a write-off.

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