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RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of West-Vlaanderen:
Off the Belgian coast

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Last update: 25/06/23

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Crash site of Wellington DV480-OP-N

cest raf squadron
Unit: 11 Squadron
Aircraft: Wellington
Code: DV480-OP-N
Base: Bassingbourn
Mission: Essen
Crew officer:

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)



Wellington Mk.1C (DV480) from 11 OTU - took off at 20.30 hours Bassingbourn Cambridgeshire - collapsed on a sand bank in the Springersdeep, between the Point of Goeree and the Hompelvoet.
The device was not claimed by the German Night Hunting so that it can be assumed that Flak damage should be the cause (May have been).
This theory is supported by the fact that one crew member is already the aircraft at an earlier stage (above the Belgian airspace) has left.
The bodies of the airmen were washed up on beaches fo Holland and buried in Outdorp cemetery. Only Sgt Swain was buried to the cemetery of Rotterdam and Sgt Burckley, whose body had washed up on a Belgian beach, was buried in the Heverlee cemetery.
Source: Wings to Victory

The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
Aircrew Remembered

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