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RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of Limburg: Dorne

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Last update: 25/06/23

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Crash site of Lancaster LL973-EM-M

cest raf squadron
Unit: 207 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: LL973-EM-M
Base: Spilsby
Mission: Wesseling
Crew officer: P/O C. J. Solly
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Limburg)



Lancaster I LL973 EM-M 207 Sqn. Operation: Wesseling. Take off 23.30 Spilsby. Outbound, shot down by a night-fighter and crashed at Dorne (Limburg, Belgium) a tiny hamlet east of the Bosbeek and some 12 km NE of Genk, Belgium.


The late Arthur Barton (F/E) and Eddie Chapman visited Belgium in 1947. They are shown here standing in the crater left when the bombs finally cooked off about 90 minutes after the aircraft crashed. For many years one of the main wheels lay in what became a boundary hedge - at the time of the crash the land was not cultivated a wood of young saplings.


207 Squadron
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
Aircrew Remembered

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