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* To the 626 Squadron *
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* Cemetery where rest the crew *
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Crash site of Lancaster ND985-UM-W

crest raf squadron
Unit: 626 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: ND985-UM-W
Base: Wickenby
Mission: Aachen
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Oost Vlanderen)



According with the SPG Breakout Report 3350/1352 of Comete Line, the aircraft took off at 11:52 p.m. from Wickenby. Five men were killed, P/Off Pilot Robert Frederick Ayres, Mechanic Sgt Victor Basil Foy, Fl/Off Bomber Stuart Percival Barter and Machine Gunners Sgt Sylvester Heartley and Sgt Charles Clifford Allen Gardner. They are all buried in Belgium, Ayres, Barter and Hartley in the Sint Jan Cemetery in Courtrai/Kortrijk, Foy and Gardner in Oudenaarde. Fl/Sgt Denzil N. Ede will be taken prisoner and interned at Stalag Luft 7 - prisoner N° 79.

Walter Western is reported to have fallen between Ghent/Gent and Oudenaarde and picked up by


Photograph of an RAF firing party at the burial of what is believed to be the crew of Lancaster ND985. It belonged to No. 626 Squadron and during a mission to Aachen, was shot down by a German night fighter.

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