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Memorial Sign Crash Location Lancaster MK I ‘ED550’ EM-K

Project Lost Wings '40 - '45 has placed Memorial Signs in the Municipality of Emmen on the places where airplanes crashed during the Second World War.

On August 22nd, 1943, Lancaster MK I ED550 EM-K RAF 207 squadron took off from RAF Langar, to take part in a raid on Berlin. On its way, near the Dutch border, the plane was attacked by a German fighter. It was damaged in such a way that a part of the bomb load was dropped between Noordbarge and Emmen. The lancaster explodes, causing severe damage to many houses in Nieuw Dordrecht and the lancaster eventually broke up in parts behind the houses on the Herenstreek. Of the 7 crew members, only Julian Walker survived the crash. He was taken prisoner of war. The other crew members are buried in the Municipal Cemetery in New Dordrecht, as well as three civilians Jan de Vries, Annigje de Vries-Jalving and Willem de Vries who were killed in the crash.

Crew Members:
George William Osmer RAF KIA pilot
Julian George Seymour Walker RAF POW flight engineer
Cyril Peter Backlog RAF KIA navigator
William Martin Ewing Reid RAF KIA wireless operator-gunner
Thomas Elder Charles McKeith RAF KIA gunner
John Ward Standish RAF KIA gunner
Donald Fells RAF KIA gunner

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