Memorial Crashed Lancaster Bomber ED-626

On this location in the middle of the forest, on 1 April 1943, 7:22, a British AVRO-LANCASTER bomber crashed. The aircraft was ED-626 of RAF 103 squadron. It was shot down on it's return from Emmerich. Six of the seven crew members died at the crash. They are buried on Harderwijk General Cemetery.

Their names were:
O Donoghue, C
Winn, J.E.
Aschcroft, E.R.V.
Burns, I.C.
Fry, A.H.
Callaghan, J.E.


The 7th crew member was heavily wounded and died one day later. He is buried on Rusthof Cemetery in Amersfoort.

His name was:
Stafford, S.

Around the memorial are seven conifers, one for each crewmember. Pupils of the Princess Beatrix-school lay a wreath every year.

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Source

  • Text: Fedor de Vries / Arjan Vrieze
  • Photos: Jan Jaquet