Commonwealth War Graves Vitry-lès-Nogent
On the General Cemetery in Vitry-lès-Nogent are seven Commonwealth war graves. These are the graves of Sgt A.C.D.Gent, F/O D.C.Law, Sgt W.a.G.Milne, Sgt R.V.E.Slowley, F/O R.E.Stainbank, Sgt C.Stapleton and Sgt F.G.J.Wood.
On 12 September 1944 at 18:22 departed from the airbase RAF Tuddenham, The men were part of a formation of 78 Lancasters and 9 Mosquitos, their mission: a bombing raid over the city of Frankfurt in Germany. For unknown reasons it crashed in Vitry-lès-Nogent. In the crash, all seven crew members got killed, they are buried in this cemetery. In total, 17 Lancasters were lost during this mission. The devastation in Frankfurt was enormous, probably partly because the local fire brigade was assisting in the nearby city of Darmstadt, which suffered from the largest devastation during World War II, the city of Darmstadt was put into ashes in an inferno that killed thousends of inhabitants and destroyed almost the entire city centre.
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- Text: Paul Moerenhout
- Photos: Anneke Moerenhout
- MIDDLEBROOK, M. & EVERITT, C., The Bomber Command War Diaries, Midland Publishing, 2011.
- SCHMITH, K., Die Brandnacht. Dokumente von der Zerstörung Darmstadts am 11. September 1944, Reba-Verlag GmbH, Darmstadt, 1964.
- W.R. CHORLEY, RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War, 1944, Ian Allan Publishing, 1997.
Address and contactinformation
- Place Marcellin Bachelard
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Amongst others, the following persons are buried here (Overview)
|Name||Date of death|
|Gent, Alfred Charles Dempsey||September 12th, 1944|
|Law, Derek Cunningham||September 12th, 1944|
|Milne, William Andrew Gardner||September 12th, 1944|
|Slowley, Roy Victor Edward||September 12th, 1944|
|Wood, Frederick George John||September 12th, 1944|