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408 Squadron Member Grave Sites   

 

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13 June 1944

Lancaster II DS688, EQ-R was one of three Lancasters that failed to return from a night bombing raid of the Cambrai railway junction in support of the Normandy Beachhead. All  of the crew were killed after being shot down by a night-fighter and crashing at Tilloy-les-Cambrai (Nord).

F/L Brice (Pilot), F/O Glendenning (Navigator), F/O McDonald (A/B), P/O Wilson  (WAG), F/O Grey (AG), P/O Todd (AG), P/O Bergeron (AG) and P/O Mabon (FEng) are all buried  at the Canada Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Cambrai, France.

 

 

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03 November 1943

WO2 R. Young and his crew were flying in Lancaster II  DS774, EQ-F, as part of a raid on Dusseldorf and failed to return from the operation.  It is suspected that the aircraft was lost off the coast of Holland.  P/O Hilliard (Navigator), FS Miller (AG) and FS MacDonald (AG) were buried in Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands after their bodies were discovered in a dinghy that washed ashore 12 November43 near Rockanje.

WO2 Young (Pilot), F/O Sauve (WAG), and Sgt Smith (FEng) are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

 

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02 Jun 1942

Whilst taking part on a night raid of Essen, Hampden AT191, EQ-A, was shot down by a night fighter and crashed into the IJsselmeer.   Three of the crew, P/O Sandland (Navigator), FS Womar (WAG) and Sgt Marland (WAG) are buried at the Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) GeneralCemetery in Utrecht, Netherlands.

The Pilot, P/O Charlton is buried at a different site at the Harderwijk GeneralCemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands.

22 June 1943

Sgt Brooke and his crew failed to return from an bombing raid on Krefeld while flying in Halifax II   DT772, EQ-E.  One of three 408 Sqn Halifaxes lost on this mission, the aircraft crashed at Zeist (Utrecht), Holland, killing all on board.  Sgt Brooke was a French national from Marseilles and the son of Charles and Blanche Blum but be served in the RAFVR under the name Brooke.

Sgt Blum / Brooke (Pilot), P/O Bisheff (Navigator), FS MacDonald (A/B), Sgt Sheakspeare (WAG), FS Walsh (AG), FS Archambault (AG) and FS Sebelius (FEng) are all buried in the Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) General Cemetery at Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands.

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28 August 1942

While carrying out a bombing raid on Saarbruken, Hampden AE197 (EQ-N) was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Boussu-lez- Walcourt (Hainault), 24 km SSW of Charleroi, Belgium and was one of five Hampdens lost that night. The Pilot, W/C Twigg and a WAG, F/L Maitland were killed.  The Navigator F/L Fisher, DFC and the other WAG F/O Van Den Bok, DFC, bailed out over Belgium and managed to escape and evade, eventually returning to England.  F/L Fisher was awarded the DFC for his exploits and F/L Van Den Bok received his first bar to his DFC.  W/C Twigg had been 408 Sqn Commander since 15 May 42.

W/C Twigg is buried in the Gosselies Communal Cemetery at Charleroi, Hainaut, Belgium.  F/L Maitland is buried in the Boussu-Lez-WalcourtCommunalCemetery, Froidchapelle, Hainaut, Belgium.

 

[tab: Boussu-Lez-Walcourt ]

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28 August 1942

While carrying out a bombing raid on Saarbruken, Hampden AE197 (EQ-N) was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Boussu-lez- Walcourt (Hainault), 24 km SSW of Charleroi, Belgium and was one of five Hampdens lost that night. The Pilot, W/C Twigg and a WAG, F/L Maitland were killed.  The Navigator F/L Fisher, DFC and the other WAG F/O Van Den Bok, DFC, bailed out over Belgium and managed to escape and evade, eventually returning to England.  F/L Fisher was awarded the DFC for his exploits and F/L Van Den Bok received his first bar to his DFC.  W/C Twigg had been 408 Sqn Commander since 15 May 42.

F/L Maitland is buried in the Boussu-Lez-Walcourt Communal Cemetery, Froidchapelle, Hainaut, Belgium  W/C Twigg is buried in the GosseliesCommunalCemetery at Charleroi, Hainaut, Belgium.

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