Meerhout, De Donken, Belgium - Crash Wellington

Wellington HE164-HD crashed in Meerhout on 14/02/1943

A commemoration of Valentine's Night 1943 was held at De Vleugel war memorial in De Donken. That night - 77 years ago - a Royal Air Force Wellington bomber was taken down by the German occupiers above De Donken.

 

Three crew members: F / Lt. William Kirk, pilot (23 years), his co-pilot F / O Edward Mason (29 years) and F / Sgt William Smith (21 years) were left dead in the burnt-out hull. They were buried on the Schoonselhof in Antwerp, three crew members survived the crash.

 

Wellington HE164-HD - 466 Squadron departed from Leconfield air base on a mission to Köln, Germany

Crew officer: Masson J. E.

Shot down by German fighter above Meerhout, Belgium


SMITH, WILLIAM EDWARD  Flight Sergeant, 1289965, 466 sqd

Royal Air Force, United Kingdom, Killed in action

Buried: SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY


KIRK, WILLIAM JOHN RENNIE  Flight Lieutenant, 42007, 466 sqd

Royal Air Force, United Kingdom, Killed in action

Buried: SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY


MASON, JOHN EDWARD  Flying Officer, 123834, 466 sqd

Royal Air Force, United Kingdom, Killed in action

Buried: SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY