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RAF aircraft's crash sites out fo Belgian borders:
Almke (D)

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Elegy to
the Heroes of Silence


* To the 625 Squadron *
* To the crew of ME588-CF-A *
* To the monument erected in remembrance *
* Cemetery where rest the crew *

Crash site of Lancaster ME588-CF-A
20/02/1944

aircraft
cest raf squadron
Unit: 625 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: ME588-CF-A
Base: Kelstern
Mission: Liepzig
Crew officer: P/O ASPIN, JAMES DESMOND
Incident: No details

Location: Unknown

crash

Facts

P/O Desmond was reported missing as the result of air operations on the night of 19/20 February 1944 when Lancaster aircraft ME588, in which he was flying as captain and pilot, set out to bomb Leipzig and was not heard from again.
It was shot down by night fighters and crashed at Almke, Helmstedt, Germany. Buriel of the seven members of the crew took place in the nearby village of Marienthal.
Their remains where exhumed post-war and re-interred in a communal group of graves in the British Military Cemetery at Hotton, Belgium:

Sources:
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
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