RAF bomber team remembered with new monument at French crash site
The ultimate sacrifice of the RAF bomber team is remembered with a new monument on the French site where they were shot in 1944, which has been cared for by local children for decades
- The men from Lancaster JB701 left Lincolnshire for a bombing raid on Germany
- Aircraft shot near Sens, northern France without survivors
- Remains of the crew were laid at the cemetery in St Martin sur Oreuse and cared for by local children
- New monument in Sens unveiled during memorial service
The crew of a RAF bomber from the Second World War was honored with the unveiling of a new monument on the French field where they were shot.
In a gripping ceremony, a serving member of the Royal Air Force laid a wreath at the newly completed monument in Sens, France.
The men from Lancaster JB701 left Yesterday 75 years ago from Lincolnshire on their way to a bombing in northern Germany.
They were aboard one of the 12 Squadron planes that left RAF Fiskerton that evening.
A serving member of the Royal Air Force is laying a wreath on the newly unveiled monument in Sens, France. The crew of a WWII Royal Air Force Lancaster was honored with the unveiling of a new monument on the French field where they crashed
But in the early hours of July 29, 1944, the crew was shot down by enemy fighter planes near Sens, near Paris, and crashed into a field.
None of the crew – Thomas & # 39; Paddy & # 39; Moore, Donald Carl Stephens, Geoffrey Edward Franklin, George Edward Kirkpatrick, Albert Stanley Cole, John Frederick West and William Leonard Powell – survived.
For years their last resting place, a cemetery in St Martin-sur-Oreuse, was cared for by local children.
To mark the 75th anniversary of their crash, the community did that meet with British families and members of the RAF to unveil a new monument and pay homage to the lost lives that the Allied nations are defending.
In the early hours of July 29, 1944, the crew was shot down by enemy fighter aircraft near Sens, near Paris, and crashed into a field
Lancaster bomber crew – Thomas & # 39; Paddy & # 39; Moore, Donald Carl Stephens, Geoffrey Edward Franklin, George Edward Kirkpatrick, Albert Stanley Cole, John Frederick West and William Leonard Powell – no one survived the crash after being shot by enemy fire over France
A post on a website for the RAF's 49 squadron described the last actions of the brave pilot, William Leonard Powell, who avoided casualties on the ground when the plane crashed.
& # 39; The monument is dedicated to the crew of JB 701, a Lancaster of 49 squadron that was shot down over northern France on July 29, 1944, after a bombing of Stuttgart, Germany, & # 39; it says.
& # 39; All crew members died when the plane crashed between the villages of St Martin sur Oreuse and La Chapelle sur Oreuse, in the French department of Yonne, northern France.
& # 39; The pilot, Flight Lieutenant William Leonard Powell, managed to avoid civilian casualties by taking down the aircraft along the road connecting the two villages. & # 39;
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