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#585 - 25/01/13 09:13 AM Lancaster DV186
ACA Webmaster Offline

Registered: 05/07/07
Posts: 168
Loc: Fleet UK
On 16th August, 1943, at about 4 a.m., the British Lancaster bomber DV186 of the 61st Squadron, Royal Air Force, returning from a bombing mission over Milan (Italy), was shot down by a German fighter of the 2./JG2 based at the Beaumont-le-Roger Luftwaffe Air Field (Eure).

The Lancaster crashed, at the Bosc Robert (commune of La Vespière, Calvados, Normandy, France), on Mr. Almyre GIRARD’s farmhouse.

Ten people were killed in this disaster.
- the 7 crew members :
5 British airmen :
- Flying Officer Fred CLOUGH (aged 31) 130286, 61 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, son of Thomas and Elisabeth CLOUGH
- Pilot Officer Ronald STEER (aged 21) 147998, 61 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, son of Roland STEER and of Ethel STEER, of Keynsham, Somerset
- Sergeant Arthur HULMES (aged 25) 977041, 61 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Son of John and Emily Hulmes, husband of Lilian Hulmes, of Blackburn, Lancashire
- Sergeant Peter Miller Hamilton SALMOND (aged 21) 1550383
61 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, son of Joseph and Ellen Hunter Ballingal SALMOND, of Glasgow, nephew of Mr T. HAMILTON, of East Kilbride, Lanarkshire
- Sergeant Henry Francis WEBSTER (age unknown), 1292688
61 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

and 2 Canadian airmen :
- Flight Sergeant Joseph David PIGEAU (aged 24) FS (AG) : R130299, From North Bay, Ontario.
- Flight Sergeant Robert Alexander Leslie SCOTT (aged 34) R/95664
61 (RAF) Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force, son of Robert and Mary A. Scott, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada

- 3 people among the farmhouse inhabitants :
Mr. Almyre GIRARD, deputy mayor of La Vespière (aged 78)
Mr. Jean HOUGUET (aged 23)
and the young Pierre DUPENDANT (aged 10)

It must be mentioned that a neighbour, Mr. Émile GOUVILLE, risked his life and, displaying exemplary courage, rescued Mrs. Adrienne DUPENDANT and her young daughter Christiane (aged 6) from the burning house.

At that time, the Bosc Robert disaster really affected the inhabitants in the whole area. There were more than 2.000 people attending the funerals of the civilian victims.
But, 70 years later, the memory dies out.

That’s why, on August 16th 2013, the municipality of La Vespière will unveil a stele near the scene of the crash.

We are gathering now information about this disaster.
Il was rather easy for us to meet members of the families of the civilian victims. But, till now, we have no contact with the airmen families.

We would like :

- to get photographs of the Lancaster DV 186 crew members (61 Squadron Royal Air Force based in Syerston in August 1943) crashed in La Vespière, on August 16th 1943.
- to try to make contact with the families of these airmen : Fred CLOUGH, Ronald STEER, Arthur HULMES, Peter SALMOND, Henry WEBSTER, Joseph PIGEAU, Robert SCOTT

Thank you for your help

4 résidence Paul Borie,
La Camptière

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#593 - 11/02/13 04:11 PM Re: Lancaster DV186 [Re: ACA Webmaster]
Andrew Carr Offline

Registered: 11/02/13
Posts: 1
Good day,

My name is Master Corporal Andrew Carr. I am a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force currently posted to Germany. I was looking for more information on my great great Uncle, Flt Sgt Pigeau. I could not believe my luck when I found your post. I am heading down to visit his grave this Friday and found all this information I did not know before. I would like to forward this post to my family in Canada in the hopes I could get you some photos for your ceremony. My posting is almost at an end here and I must head back to Canada in the not too distant future. I am very sad that I will not be able to attend the ceremony this August and hope to return someday. Would you be able to tell me more about my Uncle or his crew? Do you have the coordinates of the crash site? Any other information you could give me would be greatly appreciated. If you could please reply to my account at andycarr14@yahoo.ca

Thank you

Andy Carr
MCpl (OR5)
0049 2454 935 294

#621 - 16/04/13 06:08 PM Re: Lancaster DV186 [Re: ACA Webmaster]
Paula67 Offline

Registered: 16/04/13
Posts: 2
Hi I have read the information regarding the 7 airmen shot down 16 Aug 1943, Sergeant A Hulmes 97704 is my Grandad, I have photes of him we have also been asked to contact someone in relation to an article posted in the field post

#720 - 26/01/14 01:07 AM Re: Lancaster DV186 [Re: ACA Webmaster]
Kelvin Offline

Registered: 13/04/10
Posts: 8
I would be proud to assist you and place a page of remembrance n our website http://www.aircrewremembered.com

I would also place appeals for relatives to come forward if you wish?

#892 - 24/04/18 09:04 PM Re: Lancaster DV186 [Re: ACA Webmaster]
SteveSalter Offline

Registered: 24/04/18
Posts: 1
I know this is an old thread, but after the theft of my Great Uncle Henry Francis Websters Medal from my Fathers house, I have been directed to this forum with details of Henrys last flight abourd DV186.
I have a picture of Henry and would be glad to share it if anyone is still looking.

Edited by SteveSalter (24/04/18 09:12 PM)