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Crash site of Lancaster ND976 KM-R

cest raf squadron
Unit: 44 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: ND976 KM-R
Base: Dunholme
Mission: Duisburg
Crew officer: P/O Leslie William
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Oost Vlaaanderen)



Operation: Duisburg. Take off 22.47 Dunholme Lodge. Aircraft was shoot down by a night-fighter. In captured German documents, it is stated that the aircraft crashed 4 km N of Calloo, 12 km NW of Antwerpen, Belgium. According to this documents, the aircraft came down in a water-filled crater.
Another report, which is based on investigations at the scene of the crash and interrogation of local authorities, states that the aircraft crashed in a field near Doel, Belgium, presumably as the result of enemy action. The report adds that at the time of the crash a part of the Schelde Estuary had been flooded by the Germans and the field mentioned was flooded. Consequently the aitrcraft crashed into water. Excavation has been carried out and the remains of the 4 deceased crew members were recovered from the buried wreckage and interred in a communal cemetery. After that they where reburied at Leopoldsburg War Cemetery.

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