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RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of Namur:
Gembloux

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Last update: 31/01/22


Elegy to
the Heroes of Silence


* To the 218 Squadron *
* To the crew of PB768-XH-B *
* To the monument erected in remembrance *
* Cemetery where rest the crew *

Crash site of Lancaster PB768-XH-B
01/01/1945

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Unit: 218 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: PB768-XH-B
Base: Chedburgh
Mission: Wohnwinkel
Crew officer: P/O GRIVELL, ROBERT GARFIELD
Incident: Shot down by friend fire

Location: (Prov. Namur)

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Facts

Shot down by US Army AA, on return from mission to Vohwinkel.
Took off from RAF Chedburgh at 1606 hrs to bomb the railway yards at Vohwinkel. Hit by flak over the target at 21,000 ft, sustaining damage to the fuel supply feeding the port inner engine. This engine was stopped. Over Namur homebound, the Lancaster was hit twice, in quick succession, by the American AA fire and the entire port side caught fire. As the order to bale out was given, the Lancaster spun and fell at Emines in the Belguim Province of Numar, 11 km SE of Gembloux.
Those who died were buried in the Fosse US Temporary Military Cemetery, since when their remains have been taken to Leopoldsburg War Cemetery.

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The crew' graves

Sources:
Aviation Safety
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
Aircrew Remembered
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