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RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of Hainaut:
Braine-le-Comte

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Elegy to
the Heroes of Silence


* To the 50 Squadron *
* To the crew of R5728-VN-L *
* To the monument erected in remembrance *
* Cemetery where rest the crew *

Crash site of Lancaster R5728-VN-L
30/07/1942

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Unit: 50 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: R5728-VN-L
Base: Swinderby
Mission: Saarbrücken
Crew officer:
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Hainaut)

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Facts

Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by the night fighter crew of Oberleutnant Eckardt & Feldwebel Frank of the 7./NJG 3, who were flying Bf 110 E-2 D5+AR. The Lancaster burned, and the bomber dropped its bomb load. About thirty fire bombs fell near the villages of Graty and Silly, fortunately no significant damage was done. The Lancaster flew a long way, to finally explode over Braine-le-Comte. One of the four engines hit through the roof of a school that served as shelter for German troops. Six soldiers of the Radfahr-Abteilung 23 (belonging to the 23 Infantry Division) were killed on impact, one German was badly wounded and a seventh soldier was slightly wounded. Three houses were set on fire. All seven crew members rest in the Braine-le-Comte Communal Cemetery

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The funerals of the R5728's crew: The military honours were paid by the German army and a large crowd took part in this ceremony. There were many Resistants among the people.

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