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Elegy to
the Heroes of Silence

* To the 44 Squadron *
* To the crew of Lancaster ND552-KM-X *
* To the monument erected in remembrance *
* Cemetery where rest the crew *

Crash site of Lancaster ND552-KM-X

cest raf squadron
Unit: 44 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: ND552-KM-X
Base: Dunholme Lodge
Mission: Wesseling
Crew officer: P/O Neil Joseph Smith
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Limburg)



On June 21, 1944 at 2258 departed from Dunholme Lodge airfield in England, the Lancaster ND552 with the mission: a bombing raid on the synthetic oil plant at Wesseling (just South of Cologne) in Germany.
The aircraft was part of a formation of 133 Lancasters and 6 Mosquitos. 37 aircraft were lost during this raid, a very high loss rate, one of the highest during the war. Also Lancaster ND552 was lost after an attack by German night fighters, it crashed in a Coal Mines site near Lanklaar. Probably Lancaster ND552 collided with Lancaster LM434-KM-P which crashed to Lanklaar.
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* Download the story of Wesseling's mission of June 21-22 1944 here


MREU report concerning these aircraft from service records of WOI R Schott RCAF
(Courtesy John Jones)


The graves of the crew, in Lanklaar cemetery (Source: Hangart Flying)


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

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