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the Heroes of Silence

* To the 405 Squadron *
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Crash site of Halifax W7718-LQ-T

cest raf squadron
Unit: 405 Squadron
Aircraft: Halifax
Code: W7718-LQ-T
Base: Pocklington
Mission: Düsseldorf
Crew officer: Sgt Donald West
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Limburg)



Takeoff at 00:34 hrs for an operation to Düsseldorf in Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Feldwebel Spille & Unteroffizier Becker of the 3./NJG 1, who were flying a Bf 110 from Venlo airfield in the Netherlands.
The crew bailed out by parachute. The tail gunner, Sgt. Ivor Watters, did not survive the parachute jump, his grave is at Heverlee.
Wireless operator Laurent Nadeau was severely injured. He was taken to the Bordet Institute for care, but succumbed to his injuries on the 3rd of August. The Germans took care of his burial in the cemetery of Brussels-Evere, where he is still resting.

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