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Crash site of Lancaster LM290-UM-W2

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Unit: 626 Squadron
Aircraft: Lancaster
Code: LM290-UM-W2
Base: Wickenby
Mission: Bochum
Crew officer: F/O Walter LeRoy Cook

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)



Lancaster LM290, UM-W2 took off was from RAF Wickenby at 17:26hrs on 4th November 1944 for a mission to Bochum in Germany.
It crashed near Menin in the Belgian province of West-Vlaanderen and on the border with France and NNW from the town of Tourcoing.
My Uncle Walter's family thinks/thought that his plane went down because he was run into by one of his own planes. Alan Salmoni (nephew of Walter LeRoy Cook)
The Lancaster was one of 32 RAF bombers lost on that raid. All the crew, who were on their 27th mission, were killed and now rest in the St Jean Communal Cemetery at Courtrai.

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