Oude IJsselstreek Commemorations

550 Squadron Commemorations in Oude IJsselstreek, Belgium

S/Ldr Smith and the crew of ME840 failed to return on 16/17 June 1944 from a raid to Sterkrade, Germany.

A Memorial Plaque has been raised in Oude IJsselstreek for the crew. There is also a Memorial Plaque for F/O Pulfrey at the spot, near Barlo, where his body was recovered.

The crew lost on this operation were:

F/O Roy Kay (F/Eng) was the only one to survive the shooting down on the night of 16/17 June 44. F/O Kay managed to parachute and land safely and, although injured, evaded capture.

Other information about the flight and the target available here.

Their entries on the 550 Squadron Roll of Honour can be viewed here.

For more information about the crew see also the S/Ldr G S Smith crew web-page.

Click on the pictures below to see photographs of recent commemoration events.

Commemoration 2018

Ould IJsselstreek, June 2018
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Photographs taken at the June 2018 unveiling ceremony for the new Memorial Plaque

Pulfrey Memorial

The following photos kindly provided by Joe Pinguey.

Click image F/O L Pulfrey Memorial, August 2012
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F/O L Pulfrey Memorial, August 2016 (renewed)
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The following photos kindly provided by Jacques Ploeger.

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Translation:
In memory of F/O Lesley Pulfrey, who was found dead in the early morning of June 17 1944, about 50 meters to the south of here after a failed jump from his burning Lancaster Bomber. This aircraft of the Royal Air Force took part on a raid on the oil-plants of the German city of Sterkrade. It finally crashed near ''de Vennebulten'' on the outskirts of Varsseveld. In total 6 out of 7 people died. They are all buried in the Varsseveld Cemetary.
Let us always honour them.
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Aalten Fly-pasts

Click image Poster for the 55th anniversary of the crash
On 17th June 1999 the Royal Dutch Air Force presented a flypast of 4 F-16 fighters from the Airbase at Twenth and flew over the crash site and where F/O L Pulfrey was found.
Photo kindly provided by Joe Pinguey
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The Royal Dutch Air Force will fly four F-16 aircraft in "missing man" formation at 16.00 hours local time on 17 June 2014 as a mark of respect for the crew of Lancaster ME840 that crashed on 17 June 1944 while on a raid to Sterkrade.
See: Sheffield Star: 16/06/2014


Screen shot from newspaper kindly provided by Joe Pinguey
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On 17th June 2014 the Royal Nederlands Air Force presented a flypast of 4 F16 fighters from the Airbase at Leeuwarden and flew over the crash site Barlo (Aalten) and where F/O L Pulfrey was found

Collage kindly provided by Peter Rhebergen
Peter Rhebergen was instrumental in making the arrangements, coordinating with the Leeuwarden airbase, for the fly-past
Many thanks to Peter, and everyone involved, for making possible this mark of respect for 550 aircrew
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Click image F16 fly-past, June 2014
Photo kindly provided by Peter Rhebergen
Click image F16 fly-past (as above) - but with the caption in English
Photo kindly provided by Peter Rhebergen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59xxQPji_sY F16 fly-past, June 2014 (YouTube Video)