Remebrance Plaque for Lancaster ND5333 EA-M and her crew.
Avro Lancaster ND533 EA-M took off from Raf Fiskerton on the night of June 9th 1944 to bomb a railway siding at Etampes, during the mission she was shot down over Etrepagny a,,d crashed in La Villenaise about 3 Kms from Lyons La Forêt, Normandy, France killing five of the seven crew. There is a memorial stone erecetd in honour of the crew. Pilot. FF. Eng.Off. Bryan Esmond Bell 151471 RAF Sgt Sydney Charles Holmes 1810022 RAF Nav. F.Off. Duncan Mac Fadyen 425178 RAAF Air gun./Bom. F.Off. Phillip Derek Hemmens 152583 RAF. W.Op/Air gun Sgt. John Holden 1421290 RAF. Air gun. F/Off. Hillary Daniel Clark 159223 RAF. Air gun. Sgt John Joesph Reed 1281835 RAF. If anyone has any information concerning living relatives for any of the crew members other then Sydney Holmes and Hillary Clark could they please contact me? I am involved in the arrangements of remembrance ceremonies for these gentlemen and would like to speak to them with a view to inviting them to future events. Also, there is mystery surrounding this location as over the years someone has been visiting this site to deposit flowers. No one knows who or why they have been coming, did they know the crew or are they just coming out of respect? Again, if anyone knows anyone that has been visiting this site please let me know.