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RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of Hainaut:
La Plaigne

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Crash site of Lancaster LL943-KO-C
19/07/1944

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cest raf squadron
Unit: 115 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: LL943-KO-C
Base: Witchford
Mission: Aulnoye
Crew officer: P/O TIBITS ERIX RONALD
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Hainaut)

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Facts

T/o Witchford 2228 - target Aulnoye, France. Crashed at Laplaigne, Belgium at 0300 hrs, 8 km N of St. Amand-les-Aux, France. 1 crewmember buried in Belgium.
Source: 115 Squadron Roll of Honour by D. Bruce, W. R. Chorley, J. G. J. de Haan.
253 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of Nos 1, 3, 5 and 8 Groups attacked railway junctions at Aulnoye and Revigny.
Both targets were hit and the railway lines to the battle front were cut.
2 Lancasters were lost on the Aulnoye raid but the No 5 Group raid to Revigny was caught by German fighters and 24 Lancasters were shot down, nearly 22 per cent of the Lancasters involved.
Source: http://115squadron-raf.be/crews/Lancaster%20Mk%20I%20-%20LL943%20-%20%20KO-C.html

http://www.luchtvaarterfgoed.be/content/gedenkteken-bemanning-van-lancaster-ll943-ko-c-van-115-squadron http://www.luchtvaarterfgoed.be/content/graf-sgt-simmonds-115-sqn-lancaster-i-ll943-ko-c crash

Sources:

The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
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