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106e Squadron RAF Canada (Engels)

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R.K. Begraafplaats in Rossum

106e Squadron – Royal (Canadian) Air Force

Entire crew of one aircraft, crashed on May 13, 1943 in Rossum.

  • Avro Lancaster Mk I – R5611 ZN-D
  • Target Pilsen.
  • Left at 21.30 h. from RAF Basis Syerston at Newark Nottinghamshire.
  • Shot at 23.42 h. by Hauptmann Herbert Lutje (8/NJG 1).
  • Crashed at May 13 in Rossum – Haarstraat-Bentertsteeg.

Buried on May 15 at the R.K. Begraafplaats in Rossum.

There was claimed that one member of the crew tried to jump out of the plane. Unfortunately the aircraft was to low and he got killed during his attempt.

They had previously dropped their bomb load, whereby an air torpedo ended up at the Koppelboer in Zuid Berghuizen. This caused a tremendous explosion. All windows in the wide area were broken, fortunately no personal accidents occurred.

All RAF bombing aircraft en reconnaisance fligts had a pigeon on board. When something happened the pigeon got released and was sent back homebase with important information. The resistance, who arrived shortly after tried to  sent the pigeon but the pigeon got shot by the Germans.

Gerard Voorpostel was 14 years old when he saw the crash on a distance. He collected parts of the dome window of the aircraft, cut them into pieces and made a rosary of it, which also is blessed by a priest.

A window at the St. Mary’s Church at Shirehampton, donated by the Beachem Family, remembers the entire crew of the AVRO Lancaster.

On the occasion of 75 years of Freedom, a memorial sign was unveiled at the crash place in March 2020.

Howell Francis   Beacham Ernest   Dunmore Leslie   Grey Duncan   Hill William   Littlefair Robert   Mitchell Douglas