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Crash site of Halifax LV818-ZA-F

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Unit: 10 Squadron
Aircraft: Halifax
Code: LV818-ZA-F
Base: East Moor
Mission: Duisburg
Crew officer: F/L Body
Incident: Collided




On 18 December 1944, the RAF 10 Squadron bomber Halifax LV818 ZA-F-took off from Melbourne, Yorkshire, England, to Duisburg for a bombing mission on the industrial facilities of Duisburg, north of Cologne in the Ruhr. From the base in East Moor (North Yorshire), another Halifax, this time a Halifax of 432 RCAF Squadron NP699 QO-O takes off for the same mission and the same objective.
At about 6am, while they were flying over the Ardennes at the border of France and Belgium, for some reason, the two aircraft collided and crashed in the region of Rocroi. The LV818 falls at the place called Les Bernes near the village of Taillette, and the second near Maubert-Fontaine south of Taillette.
Fourteen airmen died in this collision and these «crashes», only the pilot the F/O Max Krakowsky (RCAF) managed to parachute and fall in Belgium near Brûly just at the Belgian border.
Several bodies of these airmen were quickly found and identified before being buried in the American cemetery of Fosses la Ville near Namur (P/O W.H Lesse (RCAF), Sgt KF Matthews (RAF), Sgt W.E Mawson (RAF), F/L N.C Tatam (RAF), P/O A.G.W Blayney (RCAF), P/O M.J Boylan (RAF) and Champigneul in the Marne (F/O R.L Cann (RCAF) and F/O G.O Wilson (RCAF). Later, the bodies of the six aviators buried in Fosses were transferred to the cemetery of Leopolsburg in Belgium and those of Champigneul in the Canadian cemetery of Dieppe in Hautot sur Mer (Seine Maritime). A British (Sgt E. Nicholson (RAF) and an unidentified aviator rest at the cemetery of Clichy, near Paris.
In 1945, the body of the navigator of the LV818 F/O John Henry Waldron (RAF) was found near Taillette and buried in the village cemetery. In June 1948, this same cemetery housed the remains of radio operator Douglas John Mole (RAF), found in a wood near Taillette. In 1951, a third body, the F/S. E Zadorozny (RCAF), was found near Sévigny la Forêt, a few kilometres south of Taillette. He is currently buried in the cemetery of Choloy en Meurthe and Moselle.
Only one body has yet to be found.
The names of the F/O G.D Body (RAF) pilot of the LV818 and Sgt J.W Green of the RCAF are inscribed on the Runnymede Memorial in England.


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