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    Dear all,

    Who can tell me the crashsite of Lancaster W4336 103 Squadron
    This plane crashed on February 26th 1943.
    all crewmembers are buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    Nachtjagd War Daries says :possible it crashed at Wessem-Holland.
    anyone confirm this ?


    Michel

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    If the crew are buried at Rheinberg CWGC, their a/c cannot have crashed in the Netherlands.

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    Hi
    Don't forget that Rheinberg became one of the "Collection" cemeteries into which CWGC moved many of the dead after the war in order to provide better care. It is quite possible that an original burial took place in the Netherlands closer to the crash site. Their target that night was Cologne and their departure a/f was Elsham Wolds
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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for your answer,
    George i have two crewmembers wich buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery and they crashed on the Dutch-Germany border.
    so i concur Dick.

    Michel

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    All 7 are buried in a collective grave, which would seem to indicate a catastrophic high speed impact..
    001 COOK FSC 1382496 103 SQDN 26/02/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    002 DAVEY EJ 1394020 103 SQDN 26/02/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    003 MCCALL T 338707 103 SQDN 26/02/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE
    004 SMITH CD 530021 103 SQDN 26/02/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE
    005 SOUTH DR 1612608 103 SQDN 26/02/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    006 TOWN JN 702576 103 SQDN 26/02/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE
    007 WOODFIELD H 1288645 103 SQDN 26/02/1943 ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE

    Is the initial crash site, time, cause and burial place confirmed?

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    KevinW4,

    No, not off all.
    If you have more info,

    Michel

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    Have as crashlocation Kalscheuren (sic); not found on map and in postalcode book. However, the crew initially were buried in the British (1914-1918) War Cem. Cologne-South, Germany.

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    Hi Henk,

    Kalscheuren is a place in the South West of Cologne,
    Its good possible that this plane crashed at Kalscheuren, because de crew were buried in the British (1914-1918) War Cem. Cologne-South, Germany.


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    Kevin,

    I agree that it is likely that the crew perished in a "catastropic high speed impact", however it also possible that they were initially buried by the Germans in an unmarked grave or with a single marker that listed all 7 members of the crew. I have read numerous MREU reports where post war identification, during the exhumation/concentration process, has failed to identify individual personnel and, as a consequence, joint graves have been the result.

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    Jonny
    In fond memory of Corporal James Oakland AGC (RMP), killed in action in Afghanistan on 22 October 2009. Exemplo Ducemus.

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