78 Sqn Memorial

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Reference WMO/265157


RAF Benson


LATITUDE: 51.61423361289038 LONGITUDE: -1.0907696408935407


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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
About the memorial: 78 Sqn Memorial outside "B" Hangar, RAF Benson The memorial consists of a block of Yorkstone from a quarry in Halifax deliberately chosen as 78 Sqn flew Halifax Bombers from Yorkshire during WWII It also features a Propeller Blade from the No 2 (Starboard Inner) Engine of 78 Sqn Halifax LV905 EY-W that had departed Breighton at 2255 for Ops Aachen It was intercepted at 3000M 20km NNE of Breda by a Night-Fighter captained by Nacht Jagd “Experten” Ofw Karl-Heinz Scherfling (XII/NJG1) and shot down for his 31st Abschusse. The aircraft crashed 1 km S of Hank, Holland with the loss of all seven crew at 0130 Two crewmen were thrown clear on impact, one was identified, the other was buried as an unknown airman In 2004, at the request of a local farmer, the Aircraft Recovery Unit from the Royal Netherlands Air Force (Konnilijke Luchtmacht) recovered the remains of the aircraft and more importantly, the other five missing crew which in turn allowed the unknown airman to be positively identified All seven crew were subsequently re-buried with full honours in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
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