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    Default Re: Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report #255, 10 October 1944.

    Donald Caldwell's vol 2 of "The JG26 War Diary" has on page 341 a picture of the FW190A-8 "Blue 6", W.Nr. 175140.
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    The frequently photographed Fw190A-8 "Blue 6"(W.Nr.175140), abandoned by the 8th Staffel on Melsbroek on the 3rd September. Its markings have previously been identified as brown, but a painting made on the scene by a Canadian War artist shows them as blue.
    This aircraft continued its War service after the base was turned over to the USAAF. It had been booby-trapped by burying a 250kg bomb underneath the nose, and when the aircraft was moved, the bomb detonated, causing American casualties and destroying a number of US aircraft.

    There is also a photo of a second Fw190 that was also abandoned at Melsbroek, "White 7"( W.Nr.171568) of the 5th Staffel.

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    Default Re: Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report #255, 10 October 1944.

    Thanks Alex,

    I made mention of that reference in my earlier reply to Luc, but I appreciate the follow up.

    There are a number of anecdotal references made in various publications, but at some point they become circular references to each other and not necessarily to a source document (if it exists) that details the date of the detonation of the booby trap.

    Thanks again!
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    Default Re: Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report #255, 10 October 1944.

    Don't forget Anglin that the ABMC is not the the same as the CWGC, the American policy was to offer Next of kin the option of returning their loved ones remains back to their families or leave them overseas. So, ABMC will only give you a snap shot of those that were left in Europe.

    The Americans also used a network of temporary cemeteries all over Europe. These were steadily emptied in the post war period as the final disposition of remains was made.
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    Default Re: Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report #255, 10 October 1944.

    Thank you for that Dennis. I certainly had mistakenly inferred a comparable organization to the CWGC.

    I did not know that US families were offered the repatriation option (multiple times from what I read on their site).

    What a Herculean effort that would’ve been. Much respect to them all!
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    I seem to recall reading somewhere that Churchill had the news of the American repatriation of their dead to be kept secret. It was I believe because we could not afford to bring our dead home. Also the American NOK were given a financial sum in compensation.

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    Default Re: Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report #255, 10 October 1944.

    Alex S:
    Have tried to PM you, but your inbox is full….
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    Default Re: Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report #255, 10 October 1944.

    It follows on from the policy adopted by America after the First World War, a very good introduction to the topic is this video by an author
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYe2UKz0uD4

    Some WW2 information then
    https://www.army.mil/article/29817/never_to_return


    Belgium also had Fosse and Foy during the war

    https://www.qmgrs.com/pictorial-and-...-world-war-ii/
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    Default Re: Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report #255, 10 October 1944.

    Hi,

    On 17/09/1944 Leading Aircraftman Donald Bremner (1002110) RAF(VR) of 5205 ACS was killed by enemy action at Melsbroek and is buried at Oudergem Communal Cemetery, Belgium. On 1/10/1944 Sergeant William Charles Rees (1472122) RAF (VR) of 5002 ACS got seriously injured by an exploding German device. He passed away in 8 RAF General Hospital and is buried at the same cemetery.

    Was one of them killed by the explosion of the booby-trapped Fw190 ?

    Perhaps more details can be found in the orb’s (AIR 29/829/9 and AIR 29/827/2) of their Squadrons (of which I have no copy).

    Best regards

    Luc
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    Default Re: Crashed Enemy Aircraft Report #255, 10 October 1944.

    Thank you Luc for the lead..

    LAC Bremner was killed before my Dadís first trip to Melsbroek, so it couldnít be him.

    Sgt Rees is a distinct possibility though. I will follow up on that.

    Much appreciated!
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