The aircraft took off at 21.15 hrs from Feltwell, Norfolk to bomb the invasion barges moored in channel ports. The aircraft was hit by AA fire from Alpha battery sited west of Ostend. As a result of which the aircraft caught fire and crashed in flames at 23.00 hrs that evening.
The pilot and Captain that night, P/O. Michael Braun alone baled out and landed within the small town of Leffinge, just West of Oostende, Belgium. He was severely wounded, apparently, according to locals who recall the incident, by small arms fire from the occupying forces. He died from his injuries in Oostende Hospital that same night. The other 5 crew, consisting of distressingly few physical remains, were buried in one coffin in Leffinge churchyard.
Pilot Officer Michael Ryves Braun (19) 42390 (Pilot) Royal Air Force, 75 Sqdn. Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Belgium. Plot 9, Row 4, Grave 3.
Sergeant Norman McDonald (24) 755134 (Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner) Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserver, 75 Sqdn.
Source: Aircrew Remembered.
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