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Location of RAF aircraft's crashes in the Province of Vlaams-Brabant

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Last update: 31/01/22

Elegy to
the Heroes of Silence

* To the 196 Squadron *
* To the crew of HE980-ZO *
* To the monument erected in remembrance *
* Cemetery where rest the crew *

Crash site of Wellington HE980-ZO

cest raf squadron
Unit: 196 Squadron
Aircraft: Wellington
Code: HE980-ZO
Base: Leconfield
Mission: Koln
Crew officer: GEE, PAUL, Flight Sergeant
Incident: unknwown reasons

Location: (Prov. Vlaams Brabant)



Cologne- region on the east bank of the Rhine where most of the industry was located. 653 aircraft, 30 losses (4.6%). Accurate ground marking by Oboe equipped Mosquitoes leading to another very significant blow to this Ruhr city. 20 industrial and 2200 homes completely destroyed and 588 people killed. A further 72000 people were bombed out. This was the first time the 'Wild Boar' technique had been used, in which the flak height was limited to allow night-fighters to fly over the main force and pick out aircraft in silhouette against the fires below.
Crashed at Averbode, Belgium

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