The Lancaster, a famous bomber aircraft that flew during the Second World War, had taken off from RAF Woodhall Spa on the 5th October for a bombing raid on Aachen. However, weather conditions were extremely poor, with thunderstorms and heavy icing. Heavy flak and night fighters eventually brought the aircraft down.
On this, the 77th anniversary of the crash, the Dutch and British communities at Brunssum remembered the sacrifice made by:
Flying Officer Neville Briant DFC
Flying Officer Leslie Dorward DFC RAAF Flying Officer Kenneth Harrison DFM Sergeant John Dawson
Sergeant Augustus Desmond
Sergeant Kenneth MacKay DFM
Sergeant Albert Musgrave
Group Captain Johnson, currently serving at JFC Brunssum, laid a wreath on behalf of the local British military community.