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    The Boston aircraft of P/O (Nav) Baron René H.T.F.M.J. LUMDEN - 87708 (RAF from Belgium) of 23 Sqn (Ford, Sussex) was on an intruder sortie to St.André when it was engaging fire from a German bomber. The aircraft landed at base (Cat B) and the navigator who was wounded in the attack died of wounds. Initially buried in the Mil. Cem. Brookwood 8-4-1942, his remains were exhumed and reinterred in the Humbeek CC, Belgium, 23-10-1949. Looking for the serial number of the said Boston.
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    Date of the intruder sortie was 3-4-1942.

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    Henk,
    Unfortunatley, the ORB and Combat report for this action does not supply the serial number. However, the combat report states that the aircraft was hit by ground fire from all directions whilst attacking an enemy a/c taxi-ing on the ground, not in the air.
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    Thanks Alan, will amend my files.
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    Henk,
    I forgot to mention that the Combat report does not state that the Observer was wounded in the attack, it implies that he died from injuries sustained when the Boston crashed into a gun-post after over-shooting the runway. This is backed up by the ORB which states that when the aircraft hit the gun emplacement, the Observer was almost buried and dies of his injuries later. At his funeral it was announced that he'd been awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre.

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    Thanks Alan for this additional info. Will amend my files.
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