Lyons La Forêt, Normandy, France
Details of this memorial were kindly sent in by Christopher White of Penn in Buckinghamshire
In January 2010 Alexander Brzeski took the two photographs shown below.
As can be seen from this photograph, there is now a more substantial memorial to the crew of ND-533
The holes are where two of the Lancaster's engines were recently excavated.
9/10 June, 1944; ETAMPES:
This was a 5 Group attack, led by Mosquito Pathfinders, on the railway junction at Etampes, south of Paris. It had rained for most of the day across Lincolnshire with the dull overcast bringing visibility down to 1 mile. But in the evening, shortly after 21.00hrs, a force of 108 Lancasters took to the air including 21 Lancasters from Fiskerton, all bound for France once again.
Over the target marking was accurate but late, causing the Lancasters to orbit. During this dangerous period many aircraft were seen to go down in flames.
Bombs started to spread from the junction into the town, and sadly over 400 houses were destroyed before the 'Master of Ceremonies' could halt the attack.
Back at base, it soon became clear that two of the aircraft seen being shot down in flames, may have been from 49 Squadron; one of these being the plane piloted by F/O Bryan Bell (ND533). Records show that the bomb aimer, F/O Philip Hemmens did not die until September 1944.
Altogether six Lancasters failed to return from the raid.
Lancaster ND533 (EA-M)
F/O B.E. Bell Pilot (Killed)
Sgt S.C. Holmes F/E (Killed)
F/O D. MacFayden RAAF NAV (Killed)
Sgt J. Holden W/AG (Killed)
F/O H.D. Clark A/G (Killed)
F/O P.D. Hemmens A/B (P.o.W. but died in Buchenwald Concentration Camp 27-09-44)
Sgt J.J. Reed A/G (Killed)
This French website (shown below) has a great deal of detail about this loss.
Click this link to view the page in a new window........most web browers will translate the text for you.