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RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of Liege:
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Crash site of Lancaster R5763-EA
3/09/1942

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cest raf squadron
Unit: 49 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster R
Code: 5763-EA
Base: Scampton
Mission: Karlsruhe
Crew officer: P/O LEWIS, RONALD GEORGE
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Liege)

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Facts

Takeoff at 23:14 hrs local time for an operation to Karlsruhe in Germany.
Outward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Hauptmann Ehle & Oberfeldwebel Leidenbach of the Stab II./NJG 1, who were flying Lichtenstein-equipped Bf 110 F-4 G9+AC from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield.
There was no escape for three crew members. The paltry remains of pilot F/Sgt Ronald G. Lewis (21 years old), the Australian Sgt Robert G. Reynolds (26 years old) and the twenty-year-old gunner Sgt William S. Collins were laid to rest in a collective grave. Their graves can be found today in Heverlee.

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Burial of Sgt Collins by the Germans, to Abee, in 1942

Sources:
Aviation Safety
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
Aircrew Remembered
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