The aircraft was on an night exercise from Wigsley, combined with bombing practise on the ranges south of Lincoln. Whilst over the ranges, the aircraft was intercepted and shot down by a Messerschmitt Me.410 of 2/ KG51, crashing 01:25 at Hill Top Farm, Caythorpe, narrowly missing the farm cottages. Miraculously, four crew managed to parachute to safety.
The site today is marked by a memorial plaque, and is covered by a small copse.
The crew were:
Flight Sergeant J J G NICHOLSON Pilot ( Killed )
Sergeant DURHAM ?
Sergeant J E LOWE Navigator ( Killed )
Sergeant G J LEWIS Bomb Aimer ( Killed )
Sergeant HOWELL ?
Sergeant ROWLAND ?
Sergeant HAMILTON Air Gunner
Sergeant K L MacFARLANE Air Gunner ( Killed )