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* To the 156 Squadron *
* To the crew of X3697-GT *
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Crash site of Wellington X3697-GT
16/04/1942

aircraft
cest raf squadron
Unit: 156 Squadron
Aircraft: Wellington
Code: X3697-GT
Base: Alconbury
Mission: Dortmund
Crew officer: P/O Griffith Alan George
Incident: Hit by German Flak

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)

crash

Facts

Shot down by flak just after midnight.
Vlissegem was startled by a huge blow on the land between the farms of the farmers Bodez and Demeulenaere. The next morning, five heavily mutilated bodies were recovered from the still smouldering wreckage by the Germans, and transferred to the morgue of Vlissegem.
The entire neighbourhood was examined for a sixth crew member, but without result. Four days later, the five crew members with military honours were in the presence of a German chaplain and the pastor buried in the municipal cemetery. After a short speech by the chaplain, German soldiers who formed an honorary fire fired a salvo, after which the dead were ordered to the earth. After about ten days the wreckage was taken away by the Germans, and they found the sixth victim under the rubble. It was given a final honour in the same way as his comrades.
Source: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=202647

http://www.luchtvaarterfgoed.be/content/monument-bemanning-wellington-iii-x3697-gt https://www.tracesofwar.com/sights/95086/Memorial-Crash-RAF-Wellington-III-X3697-GT.htm crash

Sources:

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