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RAF aircraft's crash site: Durnal
Wellington X9635

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* To the 27 Squadron *
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Crash site of Wellington X9635

cest raf squadron
Unit: 27 Squadron
Aircraft: Wellington
Code: X9635
Base: Lichtfield
Mission: Nickel
Crew officer: Fl/Sgt Laurence Guy Chick
Incident: Presumed shot down by German fighter

Location: Unknown



"On the night of April 27-28, an English bomber exploded in flight in Durnal territory; five RAF Airmen were killed in this tragic accident.
"That night, then, as often happened, all Durnal was hidden in the shelters. The flares illuminated the sky: we would have thought we were in broad daylight.
The German fighters were harassing Allied formations to bomb enemy installations. All of a sudden, a ball of fire erupts from the East into a dreadful roar.
The village is miraculously spared…
The point of fall is immediately circumscribed by the Germans, who carry without delay the mortal remains of the crew members. As for the bomber, all that remains is twisted and burnt steel, which is of no interest to the occupant.
Debris from the aircraft spread from the brick yard to the Pirette quarries.”
(Durnal, Mémorial et Histoire)

Source: National Archives of Australia
Durnal, Mémorial et Histoire
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
Aircrew Remembered

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