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RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of Liege:
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Elegy to
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* To the 218 Squadron *
* To the crew of PD252-HA-D *
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Crash site of Lancaster PD252-HA-D
13/08/1944

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Unit: 218 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: PD252-HA-D
Base: Methwold
Mission: Russelheim
Crew officer: P/O HUMPHREY, VERNON LEICESTER
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Liege)

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Facts

On 12/13th August 1944, eight 218 squadron Lancasters were made ready for an operation against the Opel works at Rüsselsheim.....
The squadron was part of the Second wave.
Flak over the target was intense and night- fighters had already been active since the squadron had passed Brussel.Lancaster PD252 HA-D failed to return home
In a POW report AUS426776 P/O Hynd ((Nav./B) RAAF, stated: "The aircraft was hit by flak and the intercom failed. It was shot down at 0001 hours on 13 August (1944), The pilot gave me the visual signal to bale out, and I was first out at 18,000 feet. The aircraft was diving and burning and crashed south of Aschen. I met Bower and Westbrook two days later in the lock up. The Germans said that Humphrey and Chew were killed in the crash, and Lyons and Horrocks were injured and in hospital. I landed safely by chute and walked until captured at Malmedy at 2300 hours on 13/8. Released by 11th Armoured Division at Lubeck 2/5/45."
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Sources:
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