A large part of the bombing squadron joins the objective and releases its loading.
At 04. 03 : 12 airplanes out of 18, land in Witchord.
A third of the group was killed in France or in the English Channel.
At daybreak, people of Giverny discover what remains from the Lancaster. Mutilated bodies are withdrawn from the remains. They rest together ever since in a grave in our cemetery.
A few days later, 4 bombs which had undergone the crash landing, will explode, making the surroundings not very sure. Hardly two days after, Allied Forces arrive in Normandy, and Giverny meets the horror of the war on its ground.
Among the graves of Giverny’s cemetary, overhanging the war memorial, one is characterized by its plainness and its simplicity. It shelters the seven members of the crew of the Lancaster H.LL 864, the 115e Squadron, killed on June 8, 1944.
The crew was as follows :
- Officer Ronald MAUDE - Pilot Commander - 21 years
- Flying Officer Ronald TOVEY - navigator.
- Pilot Officer Harold FOSTER - bomber - 31 years
- Sergeant Alan ANDERSON - mechanic
- Sergeant Jack FYFE - operator radio/machine gunner - 22 years
- Sergeant Kenneth PENTON - machine gunner - 20 years
- Sergeant Robert SUTHERLAND - machine gunner - 20 years
All seven rest in peace in the same grave. Their respective ages are there to point out the sacrifice of a young generation full of energy, killed brutally by the torments of the war.
Giverny keeps in its ground the indelible sign of Service pushed until sacrifice of its own life by these seven pilots of the Allied Forces.