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    Hello,

    I'm looking after some information about the loss of Lancaster PB-687 of 626 Sqn lost on the 31 of December 1944/01 of January 1945. The aircraft crashed in Belgium. Database of Army Museum says "Attenhoven" (area of Saint-Trond) as crashlocation and other sources say "Liège".
    Crew:
    F/O Beattie R.O. RCAF
    F/O Benoit F.J.
    Sgt Harrison H.
    F/O Warren A.L. RCAF
    F/O McWilliam K.A. RCAF
    Sgt Austin K.H. (KIA)
    Sgt Casey T.A. RCAF (KIA)
    F/O Pogson W.H. RCAF (KIA)
    The 3 crewmemners who got killed are buried at Hotton war Cemetery. Information about the crew is also welcome.
    Regards,

    Alexander

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    Hello Alexander,
    I fear you may struggle getting definitive information about events at this relatively late stage of the bomber war because of the state of "confusion" that existed in the Luftwaffe which knew that it was probably fighting a losing battle and was increasingly suffering fuel shortages for its aircraft.

    I see PB687 was one of two Lancasters lost that night on a sortie attacking the railways at Osterfeld, and there were two others lost on another raid attacking other rail heads near Solingen (25 miles SW of Dortmund). Looking at the German nightfighter claims, Hptm Johannes Hager of 6./NJG1 based near Dortmund shot down 2 Lancasters, though no locations are given. Fw Sieben, of 1./NJG1 claimed one Lancaster, again no location given. There are two other nightfighter claims, one at Oberhausen in Germany, the other at Hanstholm in Denmark, both way off track of bombers en route to/from either target mentioned above.

    Researching crew members is an equally difficult, frustrating and time-consuming task, though uttering fascinating and rewarding when you get a result.

    Best of luck in your future endeavours!
    Max Williams

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    Max,

    Many thanks for the information.
    It's indeed not easy like you said!!
    Regards and greetings from Belgium

    Alexander

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    Alexander,
    At least two of the dead (Casey and Pogson) initially were buried at Henri Chapelle before being reinterred at Hotton,

    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Alexander

    You could try Dave Stapleton www.626squadron.org

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    John, Henk

    Thanks for your help!

    Alexander

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