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Crash site of Lancaster ME808-EA-D
22/06/1944

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Unit: 49 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: ME808-EA-D
Base: Fiskerton
Mission: Wisseling
Crew officer: COX, LEONARD EDGAR
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Antwerpen)

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Facts

There was nothing unusual about Wednesday 21 June, 1944; the weather, as with previous days remained dull and the slight northerly wind kept temperatures a little chilly. For aircrew the morning passed slowly, whilst activity on the airfield indicated that ops were on the menu for that evening. There had been no operations for the past five days so just after lunch a small crowd had gathered as an airman pinned up the Battle Order; twenty aircraft were detailed with the main briefing at 20.00hrs. For those crews listed, the usual pre-operational routine began, then later, after a noisy meal in the Sgts' Mess and with coffee flasks filled, crews walked or were ferried over to the main site for specialist briefings and then the main briefing. The tape on the wall map showed a route ending just below the Ruhr... Germany for a change.
A force of over 130 Lancasters from 5 Group was to attack the synthetic-oil plant at Wesseling, 15 miles south of Cologne - marking would be by 5 Group Mosquitoes using the 'Newhaven' method.
At 03.32hrs, combat exhausted 49 Squadron crews began landing back at Fiskerton. Their opening remarks gave the first hints of the disaster that had befallen the aircrew of 5 Group.
The experienced S/Ldr Leonard Cox and crew, were killed when their Lancaster was brought down over Belgium; they are all buried in the Antwerpen Cemetery.
When ME808 crashed, the farm was owned by Jozef Van Looveren, his grandson Geert Van Looveren is now the owner of the farm. On the photo you'll see a little chapel with the statue of Lady Mary. This was built by Jozef Van Looveren after the crash on request of his wife as a token of gratitude for the protection given by Lady Mary. Although the farm was renovated by Geert Van Looveren, most of the buildings were kept the same as they were in 1944

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Sources:
49 Squadron association
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
Aircrew Remembered
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