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RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of West-Vlaanderen:
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* To the 432 Squadron *
* To the crew of LW583-QO-L *
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Crash site of Halifax LW583-QO-L
9/05/1944

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Unit: 432 Squadron
Aircraft: Halifax
Code: LW583-QO-L
Base: East More
Mission: Haine-St-Pierre
Crew officer: F/O MARTIN, THOMAS RUSSELL
Incident: Shoot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)

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Facts

The memorial at the Paul Bekaert farm, Menenstraat 475 was erected in memory of the three crew members of Halifax III LW583 of 432 Squadron, who died here in the night of 8 to 9 May 1944.
The plane returned that night from a raid on Haine-Saint-Pierre, a hamlet of La Louvière. On the way back, however, Halifax was intercepted by the Messerschmitt 110s of the IV./NJG 1 operating from Sint-Truiden airfield.
It was the Knight's Cross carrier Hauptmann Georg Hermann Greiner who gave the bomber over Wevelgem the final shot.
Paul Bekaert, an eyewitness to the events in 1944 and the current owner of the meadow on which the Halifax crashed, allowed the monument to be placed close to the crash site.

Sources:
Hangar Flying
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
Aircrew Remembered
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