Lancaster ED603 to be salvaged

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by Marco, Sep 1, 2022.

  1. Marco

    Marco Senior Member

    Today it was announced that Lancaster ED603 will be raised from the bottom of the Ijsselmeer. It was shot down on 12 June 1943 when returning from a bomber sortie to Bochum.

    Four of the seven crewmembers washed ashore, the remaining three are believed to be still in the wreckage.
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  2. Marco

    Marco Senior Member

    Yesterday it was announced that human remains were recovered from the wreck. Three of the crew members are registered as missing.
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  3. Little Friend

    Little Friend Senior Member

    God Bless All Their Brave Young Souls :poppy: R.I.P.
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  4. Marco

    Marco Senior Member

  5. What kind of state is the wreck in? Was it relatively intact?
  6. Marco

    Marco Senior Member

    From what I saw in the footage, the largest relatively intact parts were the engines. The rest they showed was smaller than those.
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  7. Marco

    Marco Senior Member

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  8. Gareth Sprack

    Gareth Sprack New Member

    Hi I am a cousin of Charles Sprack D.F.M. one of the missing aircrew of ED603 and came over to view the view the recovery of the wreck back in September. The family members hope that the three crew members will be interred in the cemetery at Workum, alongside their two crew mates, Navigator H.E Howsam and Bomb Aimer A.G. Fletcher. I would be most distressed if they are buried far away from where their plane came down.
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  9. Marco

    Marco Senior Member

    Hi Gareth,

    It is hard to imagine the feeling you and the other relatives had. I also hope they will be reburied at Workum. It is not my speciality, but I don't know of a similar case.

    If reburied in an official CWGC cemetery they chose an ‘open one’ which Bergen-op-Zoom is. The case before this one the whole crew was found and they were reburied in Bergen-op-Zoom, 180 km from where they were found.

    Workum however is not a CWGC cemetery as such but a CWGC plot within a civilian cemetery. I can imagine that other rules can apply, especially if the CWGC and civilian authorities co-operate?
  10. Owen

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  11. Grasmere

    Grasmere Well-Known Member

    Good to see the relatives of the airmen have closure at last.
  12. horsapassenger

    horsapassenger Senior Member

    The work of the Dutch BIDKL (Body recovery and identification unit) is to be commended. To be able to positively identify three individuals from those small items of remains is remarkable.
  13. mark abbott

    mark abbott Junior Member

    Excellent tv program and YouTube video featuring Guy Martin on this recovery

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